Washington (CNN) - Even as the impasse over the debt ceiling continues, behind-the-scenes talks are underway between Democratic and Republican leaders about a bipartisan deal to end the crisis, according to two Senate leaders intimately involved in the situation.
"There are still discussions going on," said Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate. "Everybody's talking."
Washington (CNN) - The top two Democrats in the Senate said they don't think there is enough time before the debt ceiling is reached Aug. 2 to pass the comprehensive debt reduction plan unveiled Tuesday by the Gang of Six debt negotiators.
"The Gang of Six plan has not been drafted nor has it been scored by the CBO (Congressional Budget Office)," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Assistant Majority Leader and a member of the debt gang who supports the compromise. "It's not ready for prime time."
Washington (CNN) – Members of a bipartisan group of senators who worked for months to forge an agreement to make deep reductions in the federal debt will unveil a plan to slash trillions of dollars off that debt over the next 10 years.
The former Gang of Six members will reveal their plan privately Tuesday to a group of 40 to 50 senators.
Washington (CNN)– A back-up plan proposed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell that would keep the U.S. government from defaulting on its debts next month is viable and under consideration by Senate Democrats, according to Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber.
“We’re talking about it as one of the options, yes,” Durbin said in response to a question about whether the McConnell plan is viable.
Washington (CNN) - The number two Democrat in the Senate alluded to a quote from former President Woodrow Wilson Thursday when asked about the political scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York.
"Don't murder someone who is already committing suicide," Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said.
"I think he has some serious problems that will not go away soon," he added.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - In what could be the Washington equivalent of a Komodo dragon spotting, senators known as the Gang of Six made a rare public appearance on Wednesday – at least some of them.
At the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's Fiscal Summit held in Washington, four of the six original members of the bipartisan group working toward a deficit reduction plan sat down to a panel discussion. Though the senators withheld the details of their deficit reduction plan, they did give some insight into how the group works.
Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, a member of the bipartisan so-called "gang of six," said the group reached a deal before Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dropped out Tuesday.
"We were ready to announce as far as I was concerned and then Sen. Coburn said no I'm not part of this and walked away," Durbin said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "The question now is whether senators on both sides of the aisle, Democrat and Republican will step up and say don't stop. We need to do this together, we need to sacrifice and make concessions on both sides if we're ever going to solve this national problem."
Washington (CNN) - Fresh off the debate to avoid a government shutdown, Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin expressed cautious optimism following the resolution, while gearing up politically for the debt ceiling drama.
Hensarling, the chairman of the House Republican Conference, explained two ways to view the budget negotiations.
Washington (CNN) - Actor Alec Baldwin made a cameo on Capitol Hill Wednesday, advocating for a bill aimed at changing finance regulations for congressional elections.
At a press conference accompanied by Democrats Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Connecticut Rep. John Larson, and Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree. Baldwin stressed the importance of "reducing the influence of corporate lobbyists and special interest money."
Washington (CNN) - When Sen. Richard Durbin called a hearing on anti-Muslim bigotry, his office insisted it was not a response to a controversial House hearing that recently examined the threat of home-grown terrorism.
"Terrorism is not the subject of today's hearing," Durbin, D-Illinois, said in his opening remarks.
But two Senate Republicans said they couldn't discuss the Muslim-American community without looking at its potential for radicalization. Earlier this month, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, prompted a flurry of controversy and media attention by tackling "the radicalization of American Muslims" in a separate hearing.FULL STORY