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Democrats sour over government funding bill with Republican priorities
Democrats sour over government funding bill with Republican priorities

The mood among Democrats on Capitol Hill soured as details of a $1.1-trillion spending bill confronted them Wednesday with the reality of their eroding political leverage. Elections have consequences, Democratic negotiators said as they spent much of the day defending the deals they cut with Republicans, saying it was the best they could do. "I say to my colleagues: Stay steady; stay strong," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), the chief Democratic negotiator on the huge bill that will fund most government departments through the end of September. "You know, sometimes you give a little, you take a little," she said. As is typically the case with must-pass money...

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