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Major Garrett Major Garrett is National Journal Correspondent-at-Large and Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News.
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Debt deal reached; major cuts coming

July 31, 2011 President Obama announced Sunday night a hard-fought deal with congressional Republicans to slash the federal deficit by $2.7 trillion over 10 years and lift the nation's debt-ceiling limit to avoid a catastrophic default. The pact includes no tax increases sought by the president. With the nation's reputation and credit rating ...

No vote on debt plan Thursday; default deadline moves closer

July 28, 2011 House Republicans did not vote as scheduled on Thursday night on House Speaker John Boehner's debt-ceiling proposal. The postponement means a vote could occur on Friday, but the fate of the bill was uncertain. Republican leaders spent hours furiously whipping the bill, but still fell short of the 216 votes ...

Six similarities between the Boehner and Reid debt plans

July 27, 2011 Democrats and Republicans have taken tough shots at the opposite party's deficit-reduction plan. While there are some major differences between the plans offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., which was endorsed by the White House, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, there are also some important similarities. Here ...

Boehner to rewrite debt-limit bill after CBO score

July 27, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner will rewrite sections of his debt-limit extension bill in response to the Congressional Budget Office's score that the original plan falls short of its advertised $1 trillion in savings. Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told National Journal what had already been communicated to GOP skeptics in the ...

Boehner ends talks with White House on debt deal

July 22, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Friday said he ended negotiations with President Obama on a so-called grand bargain to achieve sizable deficit reduction in the context of raising the debt ceiling. Boehner informed all House Republicans in a letter released at 6 p.m. EDT. "A deal was never reached ...

Democrats, Republicans to work over weekend on debt deal, Obama says

July 7, 2011 This story has been updated. Emerging from what he described as "a very constructive meeting" with congressional leaders, President Obama today said his staff and theirs will be working through the weekend to come up with a budget compromise "so the full faith and credit of the United States is ...

Social Security changes are on the table in debt talks

July 7, 2011 While the political jousting continues, President Obama and congressional Republicans are moving closer to a multi-tiered deal that would include changes in Social Security benefits, tax reform, increases in various user fees, and large-scale cuts in annual spending, according to numerous sources close to the negotiations. No agreement exists and ...

Obama names new military leadership team

May 30, 2011 President Obama moved Monday to "complete our team at the Pentagon" by nominating Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr. as vice chairman and Army Gen. Ray Odierno as Dempsey's replacement as Army chief of staff. ...

Muted abortion response speaks volumes about budget talks

April 8, 2011 As the clock ticked down toward a federal government shutdown, signs surfaced on Friday that a deal would be struck before the midnight deadline. One telling indication was the fact that Democrats, out there aggressively defending funding for community health clinics and Title X funding, were met by mostly Republican ...

Reality begins to bite in spending talks

April 1, 2011 The prospect of a government shutdown remains real, but for the first time in the weeks-long standoff over how much spending to cut, real bipartisan negotiations have begun over what, precisely, will be cut and by how much. The White House gave its okay to a total of $33 billion ...