FILE - In this June 5, 2012, file photo Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. She's an outsp

 

              FILE - In this June 5, 2012, file photo Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. She
FILE - In this June 5, 2012, file photo Senate Appropriations Committee Chair, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. She's an outspoken former social worker, who together with a quiet but tough Southern lawyer named Rep. Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, are the pain managers of the nation's fiscal difficulties. Rogers and Mikulski preside over a tiny political domain in which bipartisanship survives, however uncomfortably, and lawmakers do their jobs. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)