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Senator doubtful deficit panel will reach required consensus

from Government Executive

Citing the charged partisan atmosphere expected to follow the mid-term elections, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin cast doubt recently that the president's deficit commission would be able to agree to a package of tax increases and spending cuts that would bring down the deficit to 3 percent of gross domestic product by 2015. "This deficit commission...could not be starting its work in a more poisoned and toxic atmosphere than a few days after this campaign," Durbin said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. more

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