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We are not going to throw women under the bus to give them an agreement to keep this government open," Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said during a press conference at the Capitol.
"We are determined to draw the line in the sand," Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) added. "There are moments when you must do that, and this is one of those moments."
...Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said Republicans "won't budge unless their social agenda is jammed through Congress."
"This is not a budget impasse on fiscal issues," Cantwell said.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) took that criticism a step further.
"It's an opportunity for the right wing in the House to really sock it to women," said the usually demure Feinstein. "I don't usually use this language, but I really believe this is true."
Good for them, but just a word of warning for all our Dem negotiators: what digby says: saving women's healthcare funding is crucial, but giving on the rest of the budget won't be a win. The cuts Dems have already capitulated to in following the Republicans down the rabbit hole are far enough.