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"We're happy to analyze anything," Reid said. "But remember, there's no question about the number."

If the number's truly fixed that could suggest House Republicans and Senate Democrats are trying to finesse the rider itself in some ways. That's speculative, obviously, but were down to brass tacks now, and if Dems are holding the line on the number, there's only one other variable that can give. More information on this when we get it.

Conrad backed Reid up on the notion that the Republicans are obfuscating when they say there's no agreement on a spending cut number. "They don't want to have it reduced to women's health as the sole remaining issue," he said. "That's not a very good place for them to be after saying that the whole thing was about money."

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