President Obama and John Boehner are reportedly back at the bargaining table, and they could be near a deal to cut the deficit and raise the debt ceiling. The rumored $3 trillion agreement between the administration and top Republicans could include entitlement changes and set plans for tax reform, reports Politico. Stories are conflicting, however. John Boehner has labeled “false” a New York Times piece suggesting a “major budget deal” is approaching—but other insiders say the administration told them as much late yesterday.
Meanwhile, the White House press secretary has said the leaders “are not close to a deal.” Still, the reports already have some Democrats concerned that Obama’s chief of staff, Bill Daley, is offering too many concessions. According to the Times piece, the agreement would include new revenue in 2012 through a tax-code overhaul closing loopholes, ditching tax breaks, and lowering taxes for individuals and corporations. Insiders also say the deal would likely contain cuts to Medicare. "I do think there has been a meeting of the minds at least for now … to try and get a grand bargain," said Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen.