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Centrist Democrats hold Senate clout
|Contributor||Brandonius Maximus |
|Last Edited||Brandonius Maximus Apr 13, 2009 07:05pm|
|Media||Newspaper - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|
|News Date||Tuesday, April 14, 2009 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Washington - President Barack Obama has big plans for the country, from overhauling the nation's health care system to dramatically changing the way that people consume energy. |
His success, however, could largely hinge on a group of moderate Democrats in the Senate - including Sen. Herb Kohl - who won't necessarily go along with everything the president wants.
As major pieces of legislation make their way through Congress this year, a new group of senators dubbed the Moderate Dems Working Group could exercise considerable influence over the fine details in those bills.
"There is a positive role for a group of Democrats who still believe we need to be fiscally responsible and have a dialogue with amenable people of the other party," said Kohl, a Milwaukee Democrat who is part of the 15-member coalition.
The group has been assailed by liberal commentators, activists and bloggers who say they could impede Obama's sweeping domestic agenda. Rachel Maddow, a liberal television personality, is mocking the group of senators as "conservadems."
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