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As ISG numbers swell, Senate grapples with how to divvy up caucus budgets

By Charelle Evelyn      

Senators say a closer look at how money is handed out to each group is needed to help stem ballooning budgets.

Independent Sen. Raymonde Saint-Germain, left, says the Independent Senators Group has outgrown the rules governing how Senate groups are funded, while Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk, right, says changes to the Chamber’s funding model should be drawn from the hefty government representative purse. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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The Independent Senators Group—the largest collective in the Red Chamber—will have some extra money to work with this year, but not as much as the Conservative caucus or the three-person government team. Though they may not agree on how the money should be allocated, Senators from all sides say there should be a deeper examination into how resources are doled out in the Upper Chamber. On May 3, the Senate’s Internal Economy, Budgets, and Administration Committee, a powerful

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