As President Obama pushed hard for a grand deal to reduce the federal deficit, he ignited a furor among congressional Democrats on Thursday by appearing to retreat from his insistence that spending cuts and revenue increases be included in the same package.
Throughout the day, White House aides scrambled to tamp down a simmering Democratic revolt, insisting that Obama had not agreed to forgo an increase in revenues. But at least for a time, he was in danger of losing support among his own party, including in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
A White House official was meeting with Democratic senators behind closed doors when word spread about the proposed framework. The reaction was “volcanic,” said Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.).
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