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Come on back, he says.
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April 6, 2011 But it's still not known whether Republican and Democratic lawmakers will agree to come to another meeting. If a deal isn't struck by midnight Friday, large parts of the federal government could shut down.
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January 18, 2011 Conrad's retirement will make it harder for Senate Democrats to hang on to their majority. North Dakota elected its former Republican governor John Hoeven to replace Democrat Byron Dorgan. Republicans were buoyed by Conrad's announcement.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND), last February.
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January 18, 2011 First elected to the Senate in 1986, the 62-year-old Conrad is one of the longest-serving Democrats in the chamber -- and not having him on the ballot raises yet another challenge to his party's bid to hold its slim Senate majority.
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