Obama Praises Bipartisan 'Gang of Six' Debt Plan

President calls for end to 'posturing'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2011 1:13 PM CDT
President Barack Obama Praises Bipartisan 'Gang of Six' Budget Deficit Plan
Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy walk through the Capitol in Washington Tuesday.   (J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – With time running short on the debt limit, President Obama today hailed a plan by a bipartisan senators' group on deficit reduction as the kind of "balanced approach" the nation is looking for. He said it's time for Congress as a whole to rally around such a proposal. "We don't have any more time to engage in symbolic gestures; we don't have any more time to posture. It's time to get down to the business of actually solving this problem," the president said.

Obama spoke even as House Republicans pushed toward a vote on legislation that would require trillions in spending cuts and a balanced-budget constitutional amendment in exchange for an increase in the debt ceiling. That plan is unlikely to get through the Senate, and Obama has said he would veto it. Facing an Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt limit, Obama said he would call John Boehner after the vote to invite him and other leaders back to the White House for meetings in coming days. (Read more Congress stories.)

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