From Fox News come these tidbits of information.
Signs that a deal was unraveling surfaced by mid-afternoon [Sunday] when Reid said his party could not make a counteroffer to Republicans.
Could not? Or would not?
Senator Patty Murray (D,WA) said this:
It’s real disturbing we were thrown in a change to Social Security at the last minute.
Aside from the triviality of this, she’s lying about it. The “change” is a change in the way Social Security payouts are calculated—that chained CPI bit—and it’s been on the table since last summer.
According to Senator Jeff Sessions (R, AL), Senate Budget Committee Ranking Republican,
The biggest obstacle we face is that President Obama and Majority Leader Reid continue to insist on new taxes that will be used to fund more new spending, not for meaningful deficit reduction[.]
Progressive good faith negotiating, indeed.