Still No Debt Deal—and Now Dems Miffed at Obama

Democrats worry Obama making too many concessions
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2011 6:57 AM CDT
Updated Jul 22, 2011 7:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Sam and Diane. Ross and Rachel. And now the latest "will-they-or-won't-they?" couple seems to be President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. After speculation renewed yesterday that they were working on a deal, the New York Times maintains a deal is close, while the USA Today says both sides are far apart, with Boehner telling Rush Limbaugh yesterday that "there is no deal. No deal publicly. No deal privately. There is absolutely no deal."

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Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats appear to be digging in, too, growing increasingly miffed that the president could blow a winning hand, according to the Washington Post. “There has to be a balance. There has to be some revenue and cuts. My caucus agrees with that. I hope that the president sticks with that," said Harry Reid. “It would concern me greatly if these folks—the tea party group—have been able to convince the president to go along with a deal that basically gives them everything they want but yet still takes away from those who are our most vulnerable,” said Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings. (Read more debt ceiling stories.)

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