Elizabeth Warren is warning Democrats not to use an upcoming spending bill to soften the banking regulations that were part of the landmark Dodd-Frank law passed after the 2008 financial crisis. But a group of moderate Democrats is quietly negotiating with Republicans who want to do just that, risking the wrath of Warren and a fired-up liberal base that wields considerable power over the party. While Warren's fiery rhetoric has earned her a nationwide liberal following, the talks raise questions about just how much sway she has over her colleagues. It’s unclear how any deal would move forward at this point without riding on a must-pass bill.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.