May 18, 2011


Senate Budget Negotiations Collapse

The Hill reports that Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has pulled out of the "Gang of Six" senators working on a budget deal for fiscal year 2012. The breakdown was attributed to an impasse over reform of entitlements.

Said Coburn: "We can't bridge the gulf of where we need to go on mandatory spending... There's no reason to sit and talk about the same things over and over and not get any movement."

First Read: "A Democratic source familiar with the talks says that Coburn brought new issues to the table at the last minute that prevented the group from coming to a deal and gave the members the indication he was not negotiating in good faith."

Ezra Klein: "Gangs of well-meaning, bipartisan-leaning leaders embody how we want Washington to work, and as such, they frequently receive glowing, excited coverage. But, at least lately, they don't seem to be how Washington actually works."










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