The bipartisan effort to come up with a budget deficit reduction plan by the “gang of six” senators has stalled with the withdrawal of Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. In the wake of that development, The Hill
has put together a list of winners and losers from the group’s apparent collapse. Here are excerpts.
The president of Americans for Tax Reform had urged Coburn to bolt, maintaining that Democrats would accept only a deal that includes tax increases.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
: They both opposed the idea of the gang of six, who escaped their control.
Democratic gang members Sens. Kent Conrad
of North Dakota and Mark Warner
of Virginia: They worked hard to keep the group together. It may not be too big a deal for Warner, a freshman, but Conrad is retiring next year and hoped to make a budget agreement part of his swan song.
Republican gang members Sens. Mike Crapo
of Idaho and Saxby Chambliss
of Georgia: They’re trying to continue talks, but in Coburn’s absence, they’re the ones receiving conservatives’ objections.
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