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Similarly, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada, who has been closely involved in budget talks, said it is the policy riders, not the money, holding things up.

"I can see us sitting down at the negotiating table and coming away with an agreement on numbers," Senator Reid said about the negotiations, in a speech on the Senate floor Thursday. "But no one can realistically think that we will walk out of a room and suddenly agree to roll back women's access to health care or protections for the environment."

Those spending bill policy restrictions include riders that would:

• Prohibit EPA use of funds to implement or enforce any statutory or regulatory requirement pertaining to emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide.

• Prohibit the EPA from using any funds to help the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

• Prohibit the EPA from using its funds to develop or enforce any regulation to define coal ash and other residue of power plant combustion as hazardous waste.

• Prohibit funding to create a Climate Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

So far, though, the president has not yielded, saying he won't accept riders that hurt the environment – and lauding the Senate for rejecting the four measures to diminish EPA authority.

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