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Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, joined one House Democrat and three House Republicans to oppose the report by President Obama's deficit commission.

    Support erodes for deficit panel plan

    Six members of President Obama's deficit commission are expected to vote on Friday against its final report, meaning the panel will not be able to submit any recommendations to Congress for action.

FOR IT: Sens. Kent Conrad (right), North Dakota Democrat, and Judd Gregg, New Hampshire Republican, the top two lawmakers on the president's deficit-reduction panel, endorsed its recommendations Wednesday.

    Deficit panel leaders upbeat

    The chairmen of President Obama's deficit-reduction commission said members are halfway to securing the support they need to forward their recommendations of unpopular spending cuts and tax increases to Congress, where Democratic leaders have vowed to hold a vote before the end of the lame-duck session.

Erskine Bowles (right) and Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of President Obama's independent commission, said they are not sure whether they will have the supermajority of votes needed Friday to approve an aggressive deficit-reduction plan to submit to Congress.

    Vote on deficit-slashing measures delayed

    The leaders of President Obama's independent deficit commission said Tuesday they'll delay a vote on their recommendations until the end of the week in order to give members a chance to digest their revamped plan.

  • Erskine Bowles, left, accompanied by former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of President Barack Obama's bipartisan deficit commission, take part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Debt commission co-chairman predicts 'bloodbath'

    A leader of President Obama’s bipartisan deficit-reduction commission on Friday predicted that there will be a “bloodbath” on Capitol Hill next year when lawmakers consider increasing the nation’s debt ceiling, which could force both parties to take their recommendations seriously.

  • Illustration: Chopping block by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    BACON: Serious proposal for restoring fiscal sanity

    Americans can rest assured that there are at least two serious budget cutters in Washington: Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Their draft budget-balancing plan, issued Nov. 10, gores so many oxen and butchers so many sacred cows that the Chicago Board of Trade would be well-advised to suspend trading on cattle futures.

  • Illustration: Capitol cuts by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    FRASER: Good ideas, bad ideas

    Say this much for Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson: They understand that Washington's fiscal policy is putting us on a path to economic disaster. The co-chairmen of the president's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform know that unless we want to follow the likes of Greece or France, we need to get to work.

  • Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles (left) and former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of President Barack Obama's bipartisan deficit commission, speak Wednesday on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

    Deficit panel's Rx: 'Cancer' surgery

    The chairmen of President Obama's bipartisan deficit commission tipped their hand Wednesday, releasing a stark, sweeping proposal to rein in federal debts and deficits with cuts to spending programs, Social Security and Medicaid benefits and an increase in the retirement age over the next four decades from 65 to 68.

  • SGT. SHAFT: Fears of exposure to Agent Orange

    Dear Sgt. Shaft: Is there a complete list of all the Navy units that may have been exposed to Agent Orange?

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rallying against our entitlement problem

    Everyone is in a tizzy over former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson's e-mail to a seniors advocate ("Social Security advocates having a cow," Page 1, Monday). Well, good for Mr. Simpson. Of course, I imagine his days are numbered on the august National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform; he violated a cardinal rule in entitlement politics, which is to keep lying through your teeth long enough to make it to the end of your political career.

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