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Republicans, Democrats Still Far Apart On Deficit Debate

July 8, 2011 by  

Lawmakers are still struggling to reach a consensus on the debt ceiling.On Thursday, President Barack Obama spoke with Congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle about the debt ceiling debate.

The President said that there were "real differences" between the two sides of the debate, according to The New York Times. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that America will begin defaulting on its loans on Aug. 2 if the debt ceiling is not raised, something Republicans have refused to do without promises of spending cuts.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that a deal on the deficit is not close, noting that the two sides are still far apart on how to best address the country's economic issues.

"It’s not like there is some imminent deal about to happen," he said during a news conference. "This is a Rubik’s cube that we have not worked out yet."

Boehner also pointed to recently released data from the Labor Department — which showed the unemployment rate increased to 9.2 percent — as a sign that Obama's economic policies were not working.

Despite the differences, The Associated Press reported that Obama called the recent talk "very constructive."

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