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U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum's influence over defense spending grows


Cheryl Diaz Meyer, Star Tribune

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., is photographed in her office on Capitol Hill.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum is facing a major political challenge.

The Minnesota Democrat leads the House subcommittee crafting a defense-spending bill at a time when President Joe Biden is pushing for an increase, Republicans want to spend even more and some progressives want to cut.

"I don't think there's going to be a defense bill that's going to ever be in the history as progressive as this one's going to be, hopefully, by the time I'm done with it," McCollum said in an interview.


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