Despite debt impasse, behind-the-scenes talks continue
July 25th, 2011
08:44 PM ET
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Despite debt impasse, behind-the-scenes talks continue

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."

"I continue to believe there are Senate Republicans who are looking for an honest solution," said Sen. Dick Durbin, who is the second-ranking Democrat.

Kyl said he hopes senators reach an agreement before planned votes this week in the House and Senate on separate partisan bills to lift the debt ceiling. Those bills are unlikely to become law but that are sure to increase tensions between the parties, he said.

"The leaders are all committed to a result by the 2nd," Kyl said, referring to August 2, when the debt ceiling will be reached. "So even though they are trying to prepare for the worst, in effect, to have separate more partisan votes, they are cognizant of the need to work together and continue to work together and they're continuing to talk about a lot of different approaches."

Durbin praised Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for having a "responsible" approach to head off the crisis when he introduced a last-ditch proposal to head off default.

"I hope that sentiment is still there and we see it before the end of the week and we can show in the Senate there is a bipartisan way to get through this," Durbin said.

Neither senator – each of whom had just left a party caucus about the crisis – would specify what is under discussion or whether a deal to end the crisis is really possible.

"The question is whether the senators, Democrats and Republicans, can come up with a more reasonable, moderate approach to the problem," Durbin said. "I think he (Sen. McConnell) understands the gravity of this situation in a way that (House Speaker) John Boehner (R-Ohio) does not."

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Face it. It is a complete and total melt down of our political system. Time to through out the trash and start over from scratch.

    July 25, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Blame for the deficit crisis falls mainly on Tea Party Republicans in the House and Majority Speaker Boehner for not keeping them in line.

    July 25, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. Squigman

    The amazing aspect to all of this is the fact that the American people, seem to condemn those who've tried to jump start the economy, and give those in the republican party that ruined it for all a pass. Do any of you remember the years from 2001-thru-2008, and the complete mess that was made during that time? Then without any forthought, you allowed congress to fall into the hands of the republicans again. If you don't like the way things are running now, wait until the 2012 elections are over, if the republicans are allowed to lie their way into the White House, and senate. Get wise to the republicans. No lie is too big, or too small if it fits their purpose.

    July 25, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Mr. President, don't give these PIGS any more power to try to destroy you! Raise the limit with your constitutional mandate and make them suffer the consequences!

    July 25, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. cindy

    Compromise!!compromise!!!!compromise!!! raise the debt ceiling already!!! if you can't compromise then just raise the debt ceiling free and clear. then get your grit together and work on the jobs jobs jobs you got elected for.

    July 25, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. Frank Mc Shea

    After listening to President Obama and House Speaker Boehner I am for President's Obama approach for a balanced approach for resolving the current deficit. We have to cut back spending and ask the upper 1 % or the earners to contrib ute more to solving the deficit problem. I also believe that if the Republicans continue to present deficit plans that only ask for cuts to those of us dependent up Social Security and Medicare Pres. Obama should leave it and let the chips fall where they fall.

    July 25, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Get something resolved, people. Or the voters WILL send every single incumbent packing, in the next election........guaranteed, and Obama included.

    July 25, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. J.V.hodgson

    I am fed up with the demands that effectively call on the President to "WRITE" legislation. That is not his Job. His job is to state his guidance in priciple of what he would like to see legisaltion achieve. After that all Presidents then rely on the House and Senate to work on legislation they think they can pass sometimes at variance with the Presidents principle that's the system. And Oh by the way Boehner or Reid or McConnnel or Pelosi do not draft legislation thats done by some government legal wizards interpreting both sides outline guidelines.
    The only person who offered in outline a grand plan broadly in line with Republican and Democratic party of Spending cuts and Tax increases ( latter because 90 % of economist said a 100% spending cut approach would be economic disaster) and that allowed the debt increase not to exceed spendingcuts and revenue additions was from OBama which Boehner just walked away from as had Cantor earlier with Biden.
    This consatnat unchallenged cry that Democrats have offered no details in spending cuts is arrant nonsense Cantor agreed I believe a package that had $1.5 trillion with Biden (maybe more could have been negotiated who knows) but he walks out as well. And now its all the Presidents fault because to quote Boehner "He never wrote down his plan"
    What a joke he is!!
    My god every US president even has people who even write his letters, speeches etc etc., stop even remotely suggesting he has to write legislation. It make me wanna Puke!!

    July 26, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  9. kat

    We want answers, not politics as usual. We voted you in.. we can vote you out. Stand up to this bully and stik with us. I thought all you guys in Washington were smarter than that ! Boy, Was I wrong !

    July 26, 2011 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  10. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    The Dems are playing to nice. Announce to the public they see what the rest of us see and let the chips fall where they may. The GOBPbaggers are no longer a valid or viable political party. They are instead a failed cult of corrupt corporatism that cares only about the greedy and not the needy. These corporate welfare queens are vile and un-American in their refusal to share in the sacrifices the rest of us are making.

    July 26, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  11. USA Isdead

    Fact: NO Repliscum administration in the last 90 years has created more jobs than their Democratic counterparts. NOT ONE. Slice the data; no matter how you look at it, Democrats CREATE JOBS, Republiscums DESTROY jobs and the Middle Class.

    July 26, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |