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Who's who in the US debt crisis

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Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D) has said, 'A plan to decimate Social Security, Medicare, and every other federal benefit plan, while protecting hundreds of billions of dollars in special-interest tax breaks, is not a serious plan.' He has been working with Senate Republican leaders on a 'fallback plan' that, at a minimum, would allow the debt ceiling to be raised.

PHOTO: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

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