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March 14, 2013


Hopes for Budget Deal Fade Again

President Obama's meeting "with a restive and resistant House Republican majority on Wednesday underscored their deep divisions over fiscal policy as both sides acknowledged that an overarching budget compromise was in doubt despite a new push by the White House," the New York Times reports.

"The hourlong discussion at the Capitol, and the release of a new budget by Senate Democrats on Wednesday that adds $100 billion in new stimulus spending and would impose higher taxes on large corporations and wealthy Americans, illustrated anew just how difficult it will be to resolve the issues that have split the Congress for years and created a perpetual cycle of deadline-driven short-term fiscal policy."

Roll Call notes a key reason: "GOP leaders immediately shut the door on any compromises that would include new taxes."

The Washington Post notes another: "While Democratic leaders are offering quiet support for Obama's renewed campaign to strike a grand bargain with Republicans that would include cuts to Social Security and Medicare, a significant number of Democratic lawmakers are digging in their heels and vowing to protest any reduction in promised benefits."














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