Mon., May 16, 2011 3:02pm (EDT)

Chambliss Says Gang Of Six In No Hurry
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (GPB file photo)
U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (GPB file photo)
As Congress debates raising the debt ceiling a bipartisan group of Senators, including Georgia’s Saxby Chambliss, continue to work on long-term solutions. Chambliss says the so-called Gang of Six is not in a hurry.

The group consists of 3 Democrats and 3 Republicans. Chambliss says cutting the 14-trillion dollar deficit is the most important issue he’s seen in his 17 years in Congress.

He says it’s highly unlikely that any deal his group makes will be part of another to raise the debt ceiling.

“What we’ve said from day one is that if we’re able to reach an agreement that it’s going to be the right kind of agreement versus an agreement that approaches a deadline of some sort. So, we’ve got our head down. We’re still talking through things but we’re not there yet.”

However, Chambliss says members of the Gang of Six are in constant contact with a separate group led by Vice-President Joe Biden that’s negotiating an agreement on the debt ceiling and to cut spending.