The 13-year-old lion was not only a tourist favorite, but also, a research animal. The beloved lion was being studied by the Oxford University Conservation Unit.
Some leading Republicans are indicating they might be open to tax increases as part of a larger deal as Congress faces a deadline to cut the federal deficit by at least $1.2 trillion.
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) told NPR that he believes “you can get higher revenue through tax reform and economic growth.”
Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) told the Christian Science Monitor that he doesn’t want to have to choose between a tax hike and cutting defense spending.
And Representative Jeff Flake, (R-Ariz.) says he is open to abolishing some tax deductions, like the one for ethanol producers. Their stance is opening up a widening debate with the Republican party over taxes, deficits, and economic growth.