Chambliss: Senate Leaders Obstacle to Deal

3:24 PM, Apr 23, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss says the leadership of the U.S. Senate is an obstacle to putting forward a bi-partisan budget plan supported by a group of lawmakers known as the "Gang of Six."

The Republican lawmaker said Monday that the budget plan is not favored by senior GOP and Democratic lawmakers. The plan calls for a combination of tax increases and spending cuts to reduce the U.S. budget.

Chambliss said calling a vote on that plan would require "tough" votes by lawmakers, making it unpopular with Senate leaders. Some of those examples include decisions on whether to curtail tax breaks given to homeowners for the mortgage interest they pay or charitable contributions. Chambliss said there is a chance the plan could be called for a vote.

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