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Congressional budget director questioned on federal spending

Congressional budget director questioned on federal spending

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The committee responsible for cutting the U.S. deficit by at least $1.2 trillion asked the congressional budget chief hard-hitting questions about the government's discretionary spending.
ANJELICA TAN, MEDILL NEWS SERVICE, Written for UPI

Stupidity may be the answer

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Will Rogers once theorized that stupidity got to us into a mess so perhaps stupidity is the only way out. Would that work for 21st-century problems?
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator
Lobbyists swamp supercommittee members

Lobbyists swamp supercommittee members

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Lobbyists are scrambling to get their messages to the U.S. supercommittee charged with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions, filings indicate.

Part of COLA to go to Medicare Part B

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Many seniors welcomed word of the first U.S. Social Security cost-of-living increase since 2009 but AARP says part of the increase will go to Medicare.

Healthcare tops Tea Party debt cut list

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- People who took part in a Tea Party group's online survey overwhelmingly targeted U.S. healthcare reform law for budget cuts, the group said Tuesday.
House Dems to supercommittee: Raise taxes

House Dems to supercommittee: Raise taxes

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- House Democratic leaders Thursday urged the supercommittee charged with debt reduction to approve tax increases.
Senate Dems propose millionaire surtax

Senate Dems propose millionaire surtax

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democratic leaders gave their own take to pay for President Obama's jobs plan, proposing a 5 percent surtax on millionaires to cover the initiative.
Military official: Defense spending part of solving U.S. deficit

Military official: Defense spending part of solving U.S. deficit

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Faced with an array of threats, including a deficit problem, the United States must make immediate but significant cuts to its military budget, a defense officials said.
ALEXANDRA SCHWAPPACH, MEDILL NEWS SERVICE, Writen for UPI
McCain to Obama: 'Let's sit down'

McCain to Obama: 'Let's sit down'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Sunday called for President Barack Obama to "sit down" with Republicans to find solutions to the nation's struggling economy.
A rare bipartisan accord: Sell stuff

A rare bipartisan accord: Sell stuff

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Several elected officials in Washington said selling federal property is one budget-reduction idea that may appeal to Democrats and Republicans alike.
Supercommittee super secret about meetings

Supercommittee super secret about meetings

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The bicameral, bipartisan congressional committee tasked with reducing the U.S. deficit has met in secret and its members are mum, observers said.

State lawmakers want revenue on debt table

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A delegation of state lawmakers urged the congressional supercommittee to include new revenue as part of its discussions to reduce the U.S. deficit.
Obama's debt reduction plan has cuts, hikes

Obama's debt reduction plan has cuts, hikes

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- President Obama's debt-reduction plan pays for the American Jobs Act and produces a net savings of $3 trillion-plus over the next decade, the White House said.
Obama: Plan 'not class warfare. It's math'

Obama: Plan 'not class warfare. It's math'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- President Obama's plan to reduce the U.S. deficit by about $3 trillion through the next decade would strip tax loopholes for the wealthy and big corporations.
Supercommittee: Cuts won't be 'fun'

Supercommittee: Cuts won't be 'fun'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Members of the deficit-cutting supercommittee emerged from their first closed-door meeting in Washington Thursday offering positive vibes but no details.
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Supercommittee
The twelve members of the deficit reduction "super committee," seen in these UPI file photos, have all been named on August 11, 2011, in Washington, DC. Top row, L to R are: Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD; Rep. Fred Upton, R-MI; Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-TX; Middle Row from, L to R are: Sen. John Kerry, D-MA; Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-CA; Sen. Pat Toomey, R-PA; Rep. David Camp, R-MI; Bottom row, L to R are: Sen. Max Baucus, D-MT; Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-SC; Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH; and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-AZ. UPI
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The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction,[1] colloquially referred to as the Supercommittee, is a joint select committee of the United States Congress, created by the Budget Control Act of 2011 on August 2, 2011. The act was intended to prevent the rapid process of sovereign default that would have resulted from the 2011 United States debt-ceiling crisis,[2] and has been interpreted as a reaction to frustration over prolonged partisan political disputes during an uncertain economy struggling to recover from the late-2000s recession.[3] On November 21, the committee concluded its work, issuing a statement that began with the following:[4] After months of hard work and intense deliberations, we have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement available to the public before the committee’s deadline. Historical precedents The committee is an unusual construct in the American federal legislative system, created after weeks of difficult negotiations,[5] although it has a partial precedent in the Base Realignment and Closure process.[6][7] Senate historian Donald Ritchie found inexact parallels between the Joint Select Committee and various joint committees, and with the exception of the 1946–1977 Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, he noted that what makes this committee different is its ability to write and report out legislation.[5] [edit]Structure and membership The committee comprises twelve members of Congress, six from the House of Representatives and six from the Senate, with each delegation evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.[8] Three members each were appointed by the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House and the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate.[1][9] Two of the members are designated as co-chairs, one each by the Senate Majority Leader and by the House Speaker.[1] The law does not require that either chair be from a specific house or a specific party. The Los Angeles Times predicted before the committee was constituted that the "most important players" in the process would be the four leaders selecting the twelve committee members.[10] [edit]Members On August 9, Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, announced the Senate's Democratic members of the committee.[11] Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the Republican appointments to the committee from both houses on August 10, 2011.[12] House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced her choices the following day.[13]

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