Chambliss won’t sell Gang of Six plan to Boehner over dinner

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Chambliss meets regularly with Boehner, his old House colleague, for dinner.

He said he called Boehner about getting together Thursday and expected to meet up later in the evening.

Chambliss is at the middle of the Senate’s deficit-reduction debate as one of three Republican members of the Senate’s Gang of Six.

The Gang’s Democratic members briefed colleagues in the House Wednesday as part of an effort to build support for their $3.7 trillion deficit-reduction plan.

But Chambliss doesn’t have any plans to sell the Gang’s framework to House Republicans — at least, not yet.

“I don’t know the right time to do it, we don’t have any plans set,” he said.

Republican members of the Gang of Six have been sensitive about pushing the bipartisan plan while the Senate is debating the "cut, cap and balance" legislation favored by conservatives. They worry it would undercut the House-passed plan, which requires congressional passage of a balanced-budget amendment before raising the debt limit.

Senate Republicans don’t want to look past a Senate vote on the legislation, which conservatives have made a priority, for fear of angering House colleagues.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has scheduled a vote on the "cut, cap and balance" bill for Friday.