Politics & Government

May 4, 2009 3:49 PM

Do Blue Dog Dems have clout to block Obama on spending?

Moderate Democrats could hold the key to the fate of President Barack Obama's agenda this year. They have the numbers to be decisive in the House of Representatives — the 51-member Blue Dog Coalition could doom an initiative if it sticks together, since Democrats control 256 seats, it takes 218 votes to win, and no Republicans have voted for major Democratic budget bills this year.

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