House Dems to Senate brokers: Use revenue to make 'down payment'

A group of eight senators is working to find a $55 billion "down payment" that would temporarily avert automatic spending cuts set to take effect at the beginning of the year, and would buy Congress six months to hammer out a more comprehensive deficit-reduction plan.

"It’s clear what’s holding up progress here. We can’t get down to the hard business of governing if Grover Norquist is the de facto Chairman of Ways & Means," said Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), who chairs the Progressive Caucus's Budget Taskforce. "The revenue stalemate absolutely has to end, and I truly believe the Gang of 8 can do it. "

The letter was sent to Sens. Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissGOP hopefuls crowd Georgia special race Democrats go for broke in race for Tom Price's seat Spicer: Trump will 'help the team' if needed in Georgia special election MORE (R-Ga.), Mark WarnerMark WarnerSenators locked in turf battle over Russia probes Senate Intel Committee demands Trump campaign to turn over all docs: report Mr. President: Cooperation with Russian investigation is your best play MORE (D-Va.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Dick DurbinDick DurbinSenators locked in turf battle over Russia probes Uncertainty builds in Washington over White House leaks Top Dem: Kushner reports a 'rumor at this point' MORE (D-Ill.), Michael BennetMichael BennetSenators introduce lifetime lobbying ban for lawmakers Undocumented activist living in church gets stay of removal Overnight Regulation: Senate confirms SEC pick | House GOP passes 'comp time' bill | MORE (D-Colo.), Mike CrapoMike CrapoCongress should ‘phone a friend’ when sanctioning Russia Sherrod Brown looks to defy Trump trend in Ohio McConnell 'not optimistic' Dodd-Frank overhaul will happen MORE (R-Idaho), Tom CoburnTom Coburn'Path of least resistance' problematic for Congress Freedom Caucus saved Paul Ryan's job: GOP has promises to keep Don't be fooled: Carper and Norton don't fight for DC MORE (R-Okla.) and Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderGOP leader tempers ObamaCare expectations Overnight Regulation: Appeals court upholds injunction on Trump travel ban | GOP bill would scrap 'micro-unions' Republicans introduce bill to scrap 'micro-unions' MORE (R-Tenn.) — the group brokering the deal.

The letter was signed by Honda, as well as Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the co-chairs of the Progressive Caucus. They were joined on the letter by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.).