Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Donnelly Working with Senate Moderates for Deal "For the Middle, From the Middle"

Joe Donnelly has been working with a bipartisan group of moderate senators to reach a compromise solution to the shutdown/debt ceiling disaster. The Washington Post described them as working to create a deal "for the middle from the middle." The Post reports the group’s Democrats include Donnelly, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and independent Angus King of Maine, who caucuses with Democrats. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, John McCain of Arizona, Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Mark Kirk of Illinois. Donnelly and the others are keeping pretty tight lipped ("coy" as the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette put it) about their efforts, which is probably a good thing in the midst of a crisis that seems fueled by partisan rhetoric. It's encouraging to see there is a center and that it is trying to act. Read more from the Journal Gazette here and from the Washington Post here.