Congress Standoff on Spending Focuses This Time on Defense

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) talks to reporters after the weekly Democratic policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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Members of Congress are raising the possibility of a U.S. government shutdown this year as a spending standoff focuses on a high-stakes target: the Defense Department policy bill, usually backed by large majorities.

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