The bipartisan group of lawmakers working with Vice President Joe Biden – Senators Max Baucus (D-MT), John Kyl (R-AZ), Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), and Representatives Eric Cantor (R-VA), James E. Clyburn (D-SC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) – convened their sixth meeting on June 9. It has been reported that the Biden talks are aiming for $1 trillion in spending cuts in the short term, and $4 trillion in the coming decade, though that may change as the talks continue. While the deliberations of these closed door meetings have not been made public, there appear to be signs of progress toward reaching a compromise between Republicans and Democrats.
Meanwhile, however, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) said Democrats are continuing to work on their own budget blueprint if the bipartisan talks fall apart. Deficit reduction continues to be of major importance to The Arc as proposals to address the deficit are likely to include cuts to entitlement programs (Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security) and discretionary programs (such as supportive housing, special education, and paratransit) that people with disabilities rely on.