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  •  Interesting at the three day retreat (2+ / 0-)
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    quill, Shirl In Idaho

    at Mount Vernon yesterday, Durbin didn't show, but according to published reports, he took part via cyberspace.

    CBS reports: There are four Republicans and four Democrats. The Republicans are Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, and Mike Johanns of Nebraska. The Democrats are Michael Bennet of Colorado, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Dick Durbin of Illinois, and Mark Warner of Virginia.

    Warner is hosting the meeting for the group, which was known as the "Gang of Six" before the addition of Johanns and Bennet.

    Separately, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee has been meeting on the side with Bennet to work toward a solution.

    Discussion of the fiscal cliff is expected to dominate Congress during the lame-duck session following the presidential election. The "Gang of Eight" now starting to meet is keeping its deliberations largely private in an effort to minimize outside pressure.
    I wonder what George Washington would think of this behind closed doors legislating?

    Is the Fix campaign registered as a lobbying group, a 501 whatever or does that matter?

    I'm grateful that Schumer is attacking the BS, we can not afford to let the catfood gang win the deficit debate in public opinion but Schumer and all Democrats should take SS, Medicare and Medicaid off the table completely as Joan suggests screwing with the programs will doom the party for years to come. THe People's Budget is not at the table nor is a Wall Street transaction tax that could raise $1.5tn over ten years.

    House Speaker John Boehner may be our hope in disguise here, he said last week

    that he is reticent to get behind a sweeping deficit deal during the lame duck session, arguing that "I'm not sure it's the right thing to do -- have a lot of retiring members and defeated members voting on really big bills." The most likely scenario at the moment seems to be that lawmakers will craft a short-term deal to avert reaching the cliff for a few months - and then hope they can hammer out some sort of agreement during the new Congress, possibly with the help of the Gang of Eight.

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 09:19:04 AM PDT

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