Several attempts at reaching a grand bargain on the deficit have blown up over the House GOP's insistence on not increasing revenue. Reid last week warned that the committee would not produce a bill unless Republicans agreed to revenue.
Failure to produce an agreement would trigger an automatic $1.2 trillion cut in defense spending, Medicare and other programs starting Jan. 1, 2013 — the same date the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts expire.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.