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Gang of Six

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 22, 2011 - WASHINGTON - With the deficit "super committee" admitting defeat Monday, members of Congress played the blame game and maneuvered to anticipate the next moves in the efforts to reach a deal to reduce the federal budget deficit.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 11, 2011 - WASHINGTON - In the midst of volatile stock-market swings and international questions about the U.S. government's ability to act, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., says it is time for members of Congress to scuttle their vacation plans and get back to work.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 20, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Moving on separate tracks toward the same debt-limit deadline, the U.S. House adopted a Republican "cut, cap and balance" debt-reduction plan late Tuesday while a bipartisan Senate group got encouragement from the White House and many senators for a "Gang of Six" plan.

McCaskill: "Gang of Six" plan makes sense

Jul 20, 2011
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says the bipartisan “Gang of Six” plan to steer the government away from a first-ever default on its financial obligations makes sense because it helps the deficit and lowers corporate and personal tax rates.

The democratic Senator attended the meeting on Capitol Hill Tues. where some 50 senators from both parties were briefed on the plan. McCaskill says most of the senators are excited about the compromise that was presented.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 17, 2011 - WASHINGTON - Warning that the economy would "go further downhill" if the debt limit is not raised, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., called on political leaders Sunday to make "hard choices" and predicted that a deal can be struck before the Aug. 2 deadline. 

"We know what we need to do," Durbin said on the CBS "Face the Nation" program. "The president does not need to spell it out. We need the political will to do it."