House GOP to miss budget deadline amid divisions in caucus

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are departing Washington having missed a deadline to pass their long-stalled budget and not appearing to be trying very hard to revive it.

Continuing divisions between tea party lawmakers and House GOP leaders also shelved an effort to address an economic crisis in Puerto Rico. And the White House is turning up the pressure on Republicans over delays in providing money to combat the Zika virus.

The budget failure, while embarrassing to House Speaker Paul Ryan, isn't stopping the once-dominant House and Senate Appropriations committees from commencing work on spending bills. But trouble on the House floor awaits, where only a handful of the measures seem sure to advance.

House GOP leaders continue to schedule mainly low-profile legislation that minimizes the chances of party unrest.