Meanwhile, a dozen lawmakers in Congress are grappling with their own efforts to agree on $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts by Nov. 23. Republicans and Democrats on the panel continue to meet regularly, but are still struggling to bridge fundamental gaps on such matters as tax revenues and entitlement spending.
“I’m not giving up hope. And I hope my Democratic colleagues aren’t giving up hope until midnight on the 23rd,” Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said Thursday. He is co-chairman of the supercommittee with Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayOvernight Healthcare: GOP healthcare talks stall | Ryan takes backset to Pence in new repeal effort | FDA nominee grilled over industry ties Senators battle over FDA nominee's financial ties FDA nominee won't commit to banning flavored e-cigarettes, cigars MORE (D-Wash.).
— Ben Geman contributed to this report.