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Democrats Skip Senate Budget Meeting

5:01 PM, Apr 18, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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The staff of Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) sends along this photo of the committee's meeting today:

The far side of the table was reserved for Republicans, while the near (emptier) side of the table for the Democrats. Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) is with Sessions at the head of the table, the only Democrat in the meeting at the time this photo was taken. Conrad had characterized today's meeting as a "markup" of his budget proposal, despite the fact that he had no intention of allowing amendments or even holding a vote on the proposal.

It has been 1,085 days since the Democratic-controlled Senate has passed a budget.

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