Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kenrucky, center, accompanied by GOP leaders, talk to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday after defeating a $54 billion funding bill for transportation, housing and community development grants because it exceeded the punishing spending limits required under automatic budget cuts.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kenrucky, center, accompanied by GOP leaders, talk to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday after defeating a $54 billion funding bill for transportation, housing and community development grants because it exceeded the punishing spending limits required under automatic budget cuts.
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published Thursday, August 1st, 2013
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WASHINGTON — Leaving piles of unfinished business for the fall, Congress began exiting Washington Thursday for a five-week vacation with its accomplishments few, its efforts at budgeting in tatters and its collective nerves frayed by months of feuding.

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