Senate Democrats vow to reject clean energy cuts

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats controlling the Senate are vowing to reject the latest House plan to replenish disaster aid accounts and pass a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running past the end of this month.

A top Democratic aide said that if House Republican leaders try to force Senate Democrats into accepting cuts to clean energy programs, Democrats will vote the measure down as early as Friday.

The move comes as House Republicans signaled they would try again to pass a $3.7 billion disaster aid measure tied to a stopgap measure required to avert a government shutdown. The twin developments represent a remarkable breakdown in Congress just as the warring sides had said they wanted to try to work together when they could.

The aide demanded anonymity to discuss party strategy.