Senators: Obama Must Have Larger Role in Deficit Talks
Last week, 64 senators sent a letter to the White House urging President Obama to take a more direct role in addressing the federal deficit and embracing strategies that include reforming Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlement programs. The signatories include 32 Democrats and 32 Republicans. According to co-author Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), the letter also is meant to express support for a group of six senators developing a bill based on a report by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility that calls for entitlement reforms, among other things.
- "More Than 60 Senators Call on Obama To Join Deficit-Reduction Talks" (Montgomery, Washington Post, 3/18).
- "Hill Urging White House To Join Budget Fight" (Friedman, National Journal, 3/18).