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Democrats Feel the Short End of the Stick

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From left: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Chief Deputy Majority Whip Peter Roskam phone members of their Conference from Cantor's office to see how they will vote before the debt limit vote in the House.

"This deficit reduction package is grotesquely unfair, and it is also bad economic policy," he said.

McConnell faced some opposition from his right flank.

But despite dissatisfaction, conservative Senators, including Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), said they would not block the Senate from voting on the bill.

Paul and Lee, however, said they wanted time to read and understand the bill even though they are almost certain to oppose it.

Jessica Brady, Meredith Shiner and Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

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