Blue Dog Democrats today said leadership should go back to the drawing board and pay for even more of a $143 billion package of tax breaks and unemployment benefits, casting doubt on the chances of a House vote today. After a coalition meeting with Majority Leader Hoyer, Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., said many Blue Dogs are "firm no's" at this point. "What I do know is they don't have 218," she said. Democratic leaders agreed to trim nearly $50 billion from the price tag Wednesday but that was not enough for the Blue Dogs, who said the remaining $84 billion added to the deficit is still too high.
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