The date when the US will no longer be able to pay its bills is now set for August unless Congress agrees in the meantime to lift the ceiling on debt. One instrument for bipartisan compromise has now been weakened by Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn's withdrawal from the Senate's so-called "Gang of Six." Saying the group is at an impasse, Coburn explained, "We can't bridge the gap between what actually needs to happen and what people will allow to happen." Major Garrett is Congressional correspondent for the National Journal.
Was the 'Gang of Six' Undone by the Threat of Compromise?
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