Lobbyists Won Key Concessions In Budget Deal

04/12/2011 10:07 pm ET | Updated Jun 12, 2011

At a quarter till midnight last Friday, with a deal to avert a government shutdown barely an hour old, Senator Harry Reid phoned a fellow Democratic senator, Ron Wyden, at home and startled him with some bad news. "You lost free-choice vouchers," Mr. Wyden recalls Mr. Reid telling him.

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