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WASHINGTON, DC - Dec. 13: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during her weekly news conference in her ceremonial office. Democrats are moving ahead with a year-end spending bill that adheres roughly to the president's funding level in an effort to finish the government's annual spending work by the end of the month. After much back-and-forth debate in recent days, Democratic leaders have put in motion a plan they believe will break the impasse with President Bush over spending issues that has stalled the fiscal 2008 appropriations bills. The strategy will require the Democratic majority to largely capitulate to the president's demands on discretionary spending because Democrats have been unable to muster enough GOP support in Congress to challenge veto threats. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly).

WASHINGTON, DC - Dec. 13: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during her weekly news conference in her ceremonial office. Democrats are moving ahead with a year-end spending bill that adheres roughly to the president's funding level in an effort to finish the government's annual spending work by the end of the month. After much back-and-forth debate in recent days, Democratic leaders have put in motion a plan they believe will break the impasse with President Bush over spending issues that...
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