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Key Democrat denies political payback in Justice Department budget slash

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A key Democrat says politics did not play a role in slashing the Justice Department's budget for the next two years.

Joint Finance Committee co-chair Mark Pocan said all agencies had to bite the bullet, to make up for a $6,6 billion revenue shortfall.

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But Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen told staffers the finance panel ignored his department's public safety mission.

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