Pelosi: ‘This Is Blackmail’

Finally Democrats in Congress on standing up to Obama.

CBS DC

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — It’s now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running, but not before a battle between old school veterans and new breed freshmen such as Tea Partier Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren, a liberal with a national following.

The smart money’s on old school types such as Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

The measure passed the House on Thursday after a day of drama but by a relatively comfortable 219-206 vote. The vote came after GOP leaders sent the House into a seven-hour recess to give the White House time to lobby Democrats angry that the measure weakens rules on trading risky financial products known as derivatives and allows wealthy donors to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into political parties.  House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called this “blackmail” hours before…

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