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Senate Democrats To Take Up Government Funding Bill

The measure does not include the additional money the Obama administration was seeking to implement parts of the health law.

Politico: Senate Takes Its Own Path On CR
Behind the numbers is also a political lesson -- aptly timed the week before St. Patrick's Day. President Barack Obama is denied added money he wanted for health care and Wall Street reforms -- a penalty born of Democratic frustration with this White House's diffidence toward the appropriations machinery that funds its agenda (Rogers, 3/12).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Senate Democrats Prepare Government Funding Bill To Prevent Shutdown As Long-Term Battles Loom
Senate Democrats are preparing a catchall government funding bill that denies President Barack Obama money for implementing signature first-term accomplishments like new regulations on Wall Street and his expansion of government health care subsidies but provides modest additional funding for domestic priorities like health research. The measure expected to be released Monday is the product of bipartisan negotiations and is the legislative vehicle to fund the day-to-day operations of government through Sept. 30 -- and prevent a government shutdown when current funding runs out March 27 (3/11).

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