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Analysis: Sen. Mikulski Takes Center Stage In Spending Negotiations

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Congress may be well on its way to completing a giant spending bill that will keep the government funded past Jan. 15, when the current bill expires.

As chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations committee, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) has spent the last several weeks writing the $1 trillion bill with her colleague in the House, Congressman Hal Rogers (R-Kent.). They're set to determine the final steps this afternoon — after months of Congressional deadlock.

This could be a defining moment for Mikulski's leadership, as The Hill's Alex Bolton explains in a discussion with WAMU's Pat Brogan.

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