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Some Dems want brake in Obama action

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Barack Obama’s Big Bang Theory of Governance is starting to face its first big test among the new president’s fellow Democrats. 

At the White House Tuesday morning, Obama began the day with a sharp push-back against the idea that his far-reaching agenda on health care, energy and other initiatives is too much, too soon. 

As Obama’s remarks echoed on Capitol Hill, it soon became clear that the skeptics are not just Republicans. 

There is rising doubt among Democrats — particularly moderates already concerned about the big costs and deficits called for in Obama’s budget — that either Obama or Washington have enough bandwidth this year to stimulate the economy, overhaul the failed financial sector and move on to a far-reaching domestic agenda. 

“From the standpoint of the Congress, there’s only so much that we can absorb and do at one time,” Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, told POLITICO Tuesday. “To maintain a schedule like the one we’ve got at this moment, throughout the year, I don’t know if it will be healthy.&rquo;

While Obama is facing rising skepticism within his party, he clearly has the support of most Democrats for doing more, rather than less, in Year One.

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Ben Smith, Manu Raju

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