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Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 12:03pm

New 'Gang' Tackles National Deficit

Updated: 3 years ago.
(photo courtesy of office of Saxby Chambliss)

Washington’s Gang of Six has swelled to 34.

US Senator Republican Saxby Chambliss of Georgia is leading a new bi-partisan coalition of senators with a mission to reduce the 14 trillion dollar national deficit.

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers called the "super committee" already exists with the same purpose.

The committee was appointed after the August compromise on the debt ceiling and is charged with finding 1.5 trillion dollars in reductions by the end of November.

But Senator Chambliss says that’s not enough.

"We need to send the message to the marketplace which is we’re not going to be satisfied with a two trillion reduction in spending over ten years, we need a minimum of 4 trillion in spending, and I hope they listen to us because that’s what is going to have to take place if we’re going to get our arms around this."

Chambliss and 16 other Republicans, along with 16 Democrats and one Independent in the group want the super committee to cut deeper.

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