More proof that Obama and Reid are not at all serious about solving the fiscal problem...they will just continue to put up obstacles to finding a real solution...voters remember that when you vote next....we've got to get rid of these democrats as well as the RINOs left in the ranks....
However I must say that this whole committee approach to solving complex problems that Obama always employs just does NOT work....it didn't work with the deficit commission that spent most of last year trying to tackle this at Obama's request.....it's just more evidence that Obama's never been an executive...never had responsiblity for the bottom line....he was just a community organizer......
Reid Banishes 'Gang of Six' From Deficit Talks
April 14, 2011 2:26 PM Jonathan Karl reports:
When it comes to the current debate over deficit reduction, no two Democratic Senators have more credibility than Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), but Harry Reid told ABC News today that he will not appoint either of them to the bi-partisan deficit-reduction group President Obama has asked Congressional leaders to create.
Reid and Durbin served on Bowles-Simpson debt commission created by President Obama last year. And both men are now part of the so-called “Gang of Six” – the group of Democratic and Republican Senators that has been working for months to develop a bi-partisan deficit reduction plan.
Now that President Obama has asked Congressional leaders to name eight Republicans and Eight Democrats to negotiate a new plan to cut future deficits by $4 trillion, Durbin and Conrad would be natural candidates.
“I’m not going to put anybody who’s on the Gang of Six on that,” Reid said. “I think they’re two separate programs. They both have some merit.”
As the Senate Majority Leader, Reid has been asked to appoint four negotiators. Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have also been asked to appoint four members each.
In addition to Durbin and Conrad, the Gang of Six includes Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia and Republicans Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, and Mike Crapo of Idaho.