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Capitol´s spending bosses
rare bipartisan success

Associated Press, by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:mikkins2, 6/17/2014 6:30:18 PM

On the face of it, one of the most powerful pairings in Washington is a hopeless mismatch — a former social worker and liberal Democrat from Baltimore´s working-class Fells Point neighborhood and an old-school, cigar-chomping GOP conservative raised in a dry county in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky. But in a bitterly divided Congress, the odd couple of Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Harold Rogers is a rare bipartisan success story. Mikulski and Rogers are chiefly responsible for divvying up $1 trillion in federal spending as chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chairman of the same committee in the House.

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Imagine that.

Both parties seem to have no problem coming together to spend YOUR money.

I was still trying to figure out if this was a piece of satire but Mitch McConnell´s quote told me it wasn´t.

Have YOU figured this game out yet?

Got Tea?

      


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Capitol´s spending bosses
rare bipartisan success
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 6/17/2014 6:30:18 PM     Post Reply
On the face of it, one of the most powerful pairings in Washington is a hopeless mismatch — a former social worker and liberal Democrat from Baltimore´s working-class Fells Point neighborhood and an old-school, cigar-chomping GOP conservative raised in a dry county in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky. But in a bitterly divided Congress, the odd couple of Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Harold Rogers is a rare bipartisan success story. Mikulski and Rogers are chiefly responsible for divvying up $1 trillion in federal spending as chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chairman of the same committee in the House.

   

 

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