FILE - The co-chairmen of the president's deficit reduction commission, Erskine Bowles, right, and Alan Simpson talk to reporters outside the White House in Washington, in this April 14

 

              FILE - The co-chairmen of the president
FILE - The co-chairmen of the president's deficit reduction commission, Erskine Bowles, right, and Alan Simpson talk to reporters outside the White House in Washington, in this April 14, 2011 file photo after their meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. The $2.3 trillion less that Washington will be borrowing over the next decade takes the government much of the way toward the $4 trillion, 10-year goal set by Obama and the co-chairmen of his deficit commission, former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and former Democratic White House staff chief Erskine Bowles. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)