President Obama and congressional leaders last night agreed on the framework of a package that gives him the debt ceiling increase that he wants and gives congressional Republicans the spending reductions they were seeking.

The package, which still has to be voted on by the Senate and House, includes $2.4 trillion in spending cuts over the next years. It also creates a House-Senate committee, made up of six Democrats and six Republicans that must recommend additional deficit-reducing measures. These could conceivably include changes in the tax code, such as the elimination of certain tax expenditures, such as the tax exemption for credit unions.

 

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