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Update: GOP Rep. Mike Pence Unmoved by Plight of 'Cowboy Poets

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On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., asked his Republican colleagues to rethink their budget cutting proposals, citing an annual festival of cowboy poetry sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities -- an agency the GOP seeks to defund.

In a Wednesday interview with Fox News, Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., acknowledged Reid's unique plea, but insisted the country's deficit was a bigger concern than preserving poetry festivals:

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