Gang Of Five

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn dropped by the latest “make or break” meeting today of Senate budget negotiators to let the “Gang” know he is dropping out, bringing the size of the gang down to five.

According to Sen. Coburn, one of the main obstacles to a bipartisan agreement is┬áthe three Democratic Senators’ unwillingness to consider material changes to entitlement programs as part of the budget reform proposal.

With only 2 Republicans, and three Democrats remaining, Sen. Coburn’s decision lowers the odds of achieving an agreement that can be called bipartisan.

It remains to be seen whether Senator Conrad will issue a report reflecting the 3 remaining Democrats’ views, or whether the whole effort will now collapse.

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