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GOP Leaders Criticize Frist

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"Just before the 109th Congress finally adjourned shortly before dawn Saturday, retiring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist got some last-minute perks for his home state of Tennessee — and took a rhetorical beating from his colleagues.

"Some Republicans heaped scorn on Frist, faulting him for fostering runaway federal spending.

"Late Friday night, House Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., said icily in a speech on the House floor that Congress' failure to pass nine of 11 appropriations bills 'should be placed squarely at the feet of the departing [Senate] majority leader.'"

Read the rest of Margaret Talev's take on Bill's not-so-excellent departure from Congress.

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