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Wed July 13, 2011

Coburn Back in Fold?

Washington, D.C. – Coburn may return to Senate's 'Gang of 6'
ANDREW TAYLOR,Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Tom Coburn says he may rejoin the so-called Gang of Six, the bipartisan band of senators seeking to reach agreement on a big deficit-cutting deal that would blend spending cuts with a tax code overhaul.

The Oklahoma Republican dropped out of the group two months ago saying Democrats weren't willing to cut enough spending from programs like Medicare. He says he may rejoin the group depending on how it responds to ideas he's sent over.

The closely watched group has been working for months in hopes of a bipartisan deficit-cutting deal that might gain momentum despite the partisanship consuming Capitol Hill.

Coburn's departure was a setback and the group's efforts have been eclipsed by other debt negotiations.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.