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'What difference does it make?' Nancy Pelosi says of extra spending in shutdown deal

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Americans shouldn't think much about the various appropriations in the bill to reopen government, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., even though she wished the spending measures weren't in the bill.

"This was consistent with what would be in a continuing resolution," Pelosi told reporters when asked about extra measures such as a death benefit for the widow of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and earmarked spending for a Kentucky dam.

"I had bigger problems than what that one appropriation may have been in the bill," she said, referring to the overall spending level, which, because of sequestration, is lower than she believes necessary.

Reporters pressed her about the propriety of putting such measures in a must-pass bill to raise the debt limit and end the shutdown.

"What difference does it make?" Pelosi said. "The cynicism is not about that, the cynicism is about the fact that the government was closed for 16 days."

She faulted the Senate for delaying the passage of the bill by adding in those appropriations. "I don't think any of that should be in the bill," Pelosi said.

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