Supercommittee meltdown: Behind the scenes

By Jake Sherman, Manu Raju and John Breshahan – David Krone, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) chief of staff, and Barry Jackson, the top aide to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), had been quietly deputized to find a last-ditch deal and avert yet another failure of Congress’s own making. Both had been here before — they were instrumental in preventing the government from shutting down this spring and raising the national debt ceiling this summer.

But moments after Krone rejected one of Jackson’s proposals over the issue of taxes, details of the negotiations leaked to the press. Krone and the Senate Democrats were furious, the talks blew up and, in effect, so did the supercommittee. more>


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