Democrats balk at U.S. spending bill, raising shutdown risk

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters on upcoming budget battle in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Democrats objected on Wednesday to controversial financial and political campaign provisions tucked into a $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill, keeping the risk of a government shutdown alive. The complaints from House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats clouded the chances for passage of the funding bill as a midnight Thursday deadline drew near. …

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