2014-12-11T002447Z_2_LYNXMPEAB90I0_RTROPTP_2_USA-CONGRESS-BUDGET

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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