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 MurrayReid defends relationship with McConnell in farewell speech Top Dem signals likely opposition to Sessions nomination Overnight Finance: Trump takes victory lap at Carrier plant | House passes 'too big to fail' revamp | Trump econ team takes shape MORE (D-Wash.).
— Ben Geman contributed to this report.