Obama administration mobilizes to save faltering spending bill

Boehner departs following a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration made a last-ditch attempt on Thursday to drum up Democratic support to salvage a faltering $1.1 trillion spending bill, just hours ahead of a midnight U.S. government shutdown deadline. Administration officials from President Barack Obama down to staff at the Department of Education were phoning Democrats in the House of Representatives to ask them to set aside objections to a financial provision and pass the measure to fund most of the government through September. …

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