Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl and other Republicans met Tuesday at the Capitol to discuss the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction.
Sources familiar with Tuesday’s Republican meeting indicated that revenues would continue to be a tough sell for GOP Members, both fundamentally and from a vote-counting perspective. At every phase of the debt negotiations tied to increasing the debt ceiling, Republicans insisted that taxes not be raised in an economic downturn. There is a possibility, sources said, that the panel could broach tax code reform, but time is short and multiple negotiating groups already have failed in that endeavor.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.