Lawmakers Say 'Super Committee' is Likely to Fail

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Deficit Reduction Super Committee holds meeting. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

After months of budget negotiations, tensions between Congressional "super committee" members have reached what seems to be a breaking point. With only three days left before their deadline to cut 1.2 trillion dollars from the federal debt, 12 super committee members made the rounds to the Sunday political news outlets and publicly aired their grievances. Republican Jeb Hensarling told "Fox News Sunday," the following: "Unfortunately, what we haven't seen in these talks from the other side is any Democrats willing to put a proposal on the table that actually solves the problems." 

On NBC's "Meet the Press" Senator John Kerry said, "There is a real threat that not only will be there a downgrade, but that the market, on Monday, will look again at Washington and say, 'You guys can't get the job done.'"

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains more about the situation in Washington.

Comments [4]

Dan Parietti from New York NY

I am not surpised the result of this Committee's work. It was a rigged process from the start and both parties knew this - the Republicans in particular.(I am a political independent.). The Repulican leadership made sure it appointed members who would not compromise on raising revune via some kind of "tax increase." The three Republican House members of the committee should be voted out of office in November 2012; and so should any of the three Rebuplican senators who are up for election in 2012.

Nov. 21 2011 09:26 AM
zoran vukasovic from NJ

Leave it to Congress to devalue the meaning of the word "super" Can we have some alternative names? How about the "Dodgeball Committee"?

Nov. 21 2011 09:07 AM
Jack from Minneapolis

The Super Committee was never anything but bad theater, an atrocious idea from the outset: Ultra-powerful, -secret, -unelected, and -stupid. So now nothing happens till 2013 - more than enough time for the 9-percenters in Congress to rework the numbers. So the Super Committee was just wasted energy. How American.

According to Super Committee member John Kerry, Republicans are so delusional they actually think they'll take the Senate and White House next November, thereby justifying their obstructive stances on the Super Committee and in Congress. Have they been following recent election/referendum results in Ohio? Arizona? Maine? New Jersey? Iowa? The recall momentum in Wisconsin? Polling in House and Senate races? Are they aware of OWS? Like it or not, 2012 will be a walkover for Obama - unless OWS fields a candidate - and the House may well return to Pelosi's control, a place where bills get passed. So start planning legislation accordingly, and drop the filibuster on Day 1 of the new Congress.

Nov. 21 2011 08:50 AM
listener

Taxes could have been raised one year ago by a Democrat Congress that nearly quadrupled the debt after controlling the government for two years. They were defeated because of it and they deliberately with malice and forethought put their political fortunes ahead of the nation's vital economic interests and threw it to the Republican House who they planned to fight every step of the way.
This is what led to the farce called the super committee and some in the media are playing along by diverting attention by totally ignoring that history and clearly distracting attention from the President who oversaw over $4 trillion in new spending as we reached $15 trillion in debt last week.

Sen Kerry in the ultimate act of Freudian projection is accusing his opposition of putting politics over the nation which exactly what his party is doing.
In fact Kerry played disgraceful politics in a war situation in 2004 during his Presidential campaign.

This is just more epic hypocrisy and a massive attempt at diversion away from the President and his party which needless created the financial turmoil this year by not accepting responsibility for what they did for two years before that.

Nov. 21 2011 08:32 AM

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