Boehner says spending-cut target isn't firm

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Posted: Mar 31, 2011 11:21 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that congressional negotiators have not settled on a final spending-cut target that would keep the government operating beyond an April 8 deadline.

Though Republican and Democratic staffers have begun to assemble a bill that would cut $33 billion from the current fiscal year, that number could still change.

"There's no agreement on numbers" yet, Boehner said at a news conference.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Jackie Frank)