Coburn "Takes a Break" from Gang of Six

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May 17 2011 3:54 PM

Coburn "Takes a Break" from Gang of Six

The statement from Sen. Tom Coburn's office, on whether or not he remains in the Gang of Six that's trying to negotiate a budget:

Dr. Coburn made a number of comments today regarding how the Gang of Six has reached an impasse. 

He is disappointed the group has not been able to bridge the gap between what needs to happen and what senators will support.  He has decided to take a break from the talks.

He still hopes the Senate will, on a bipartisan basis, pass a long-term deficit reduction package this year.  He looks forward to working with anyone who is interested in putting forward a plan that is specific, balanced and comprehensive.

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Saxby Chambliss and Richard Burr remain in the gang, which was broadcasting an imminent deal just a month ago.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.