After months of negotiation, the bipartisan congressional panel announced on Nov. 21 that it had failed to agree on a debt-reduction plan.
Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), Democratic co-chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, fends off reporters’ questions before a last-minute meeting with committee colleagues. “We remain hopeful that Congress can build on this committee’s work and can find a way to tackle this issue in a way that works for the American people and our economy,” Murray and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Tex.), the panel’s GOP co-chairman, in a statement. Melina Mara/The Washington Post Buy Photo