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Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 1:42pm

Isakson: 'Debt Deal Is Possible'

Updated: 3 years ago.
Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson says “a deal is possible” out of the debt reduction talks going on in Washington. (photo-U.S. Senate)

Georgia U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson says “a deal is possible” out of the debt reduction talks going on in Washington.

On Thursday afternoon, key lawmakers and President Barack Obama were to head back for a fifth day of debt-limit negotiations. White House spokesman Jay Carney said no "hallelujah moment" was likely by day's end, with Friday shaping up as an important decision day.

The talks have been characterized as testy at times.

Isakson tells GPB that away from the theatrics of discussions, there is hard work going on behind the scenes.

“A lot of this is for political show and appealing to certain constituencies but there is some hard work going on, and I’m continuing to work hard. I want to be part of a good solution, not part of a bad problem.”

And Isakson says an ultimate agreement doesn’t have to come from just one side.

“I don’t discount anybody’s thoughts or contributions at the table. They may not all be accepted...some may be rejected, but I think everybody ought to be putting their best ideas on the table and let’s find the combination that works.”

Isakson, along with New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, is sponsoring legislation that would call for Congress to appropriate spending every two years instead of annually. The other year of the cycle Congress would analyze spending of government programs.

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