A National Journal survey finds that few legislators expect the vice president's negotiating group to produce recommendations on time
Despite the self-imposed deadline of July 1 set by the bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Vice President Joe Biden to craft a deficit-reduction plan, a majority of Democratic and Republican Members of Congress doubt that target will be met for the holiday weekend, according to this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.
"Recent comments from Senate leadership, Republicans and Democrats, suggesting a short term fix hints that no agreement is near," observed on Democratic Congressional Insider. "The 'big stuff' is yet to be sorted out." Another Democrat predicted that, "short term extension of debt ceiling possible but Hell will freeze over before the tea party lets Boehner compromise on this."
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Even Democratic Insiders, who believe that a deal is possible by the time of the July 4 weekend, are skeptical that the Congress, particularly the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, will sign off on an agreement drafted by the bipartisan group. "I believe that they will present a compromise to Congress but I fear that the 'deeper cuts' group will not support it," said one Democratic Congressional Insider. Echoed another, "As to whether whatever 'deal' they reach can actually pass the House is another matter."