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Deficit Panel Faces Critical Week

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Sen. Patty Murray, co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, has continued to participate in talks among panel members to come closer to a deficit reduction plan.

In separate phone calls to Murray and Hensarling, Obama “made clear that he will not accept any measure that attempts to turn off part of the sequester,” the statement said. Some lawmakers, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), have said they would try to overturn automatic spending cuts for the Defense Department if the panel fails to reach a deal.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

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