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Leaders join deficit-reduction talks, aides say

November 4, 2011 The super committee's talks are now primarily occurring at the leadership level, according to several committee aides, involving House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and their staffs. The three congressional leaders are working with super committee members to...

Super committee hears from previous deficit panel chairs

November 1, 2011 Amid reports of deadlock and just a week after the group's Democrats and Republicans released competing plans, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction convened for its fourth public policy hearing on Tuesday afternoon. On the docket: testimony from leaders of past deficit-reduction groups, including former Congressional Budget Office Director...

House votes to repeal contractor withholding tax

October 27, 2011 The House voted 405-16 on Thursday to repeal a law requiring governments at the federal, state, and local levels to withhold 3 percent of what they would pay most contractors until those vendors have fully paid their taxes. But it remains uncertain what the Senate will do. Last week, Senate...

Deficit panel holds public session on budget cuts

October 26, 2011 Just a day after a heated closed-door meeting that indicated there's still a large gap between Democrats and Republicans on entitlement and tax reform, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction convened for its third public policy hearing on Wednesday morning. And if the points members made during the two-hour...

Smoke signals from the super-secret committee

October 21, 2011 We may know the members' names, but for all intents and purposes, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction operates more like a college secret society than a congressional committee. Members schedule meetings at the last minute without putting the agenda in writing; try to dodge bystanders (in this case,...

Super committee schedules first closed-door meeting

September 14, 2011 The members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will meet on Thursday for breakfast, according to an aide. This will be the first closed-door meeting of the entire group. News of the newly scheduled breakfast comes after one committee member -- Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. -...

Super committee's first meeting dominated by jobs

September 8, 2011 Even as each member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction voiced concerns about the struggling economy in their opening statements, it was clear right from the start of Thursday's inaugural "super committee" meeting that the members do not agree on just how jobs should figure into their final...

The deal, point by point

August 1, 2011 President Obama is authorized to increase the debt limit by at least $2.1 trillion in three steps, allowing Treasury to continue to borrow through 2012 and lawmakers to avoid a retread of this fight in six months. Nearly $1 trillion of spending cuts over 10 years will be implemented immediately...

Boehner to rewrite debt-limit bill after CBO score

July 27, 2011 House Speaker John Boehner will rewrite sections of his debt-limit extension bill in response to the Congressional Budget Office's score that the original plan falls short of its advertised $1 trillion in savings. Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told National Journal what had already been communicated to GOP skeptics in the...

Senate minority leader fashions escape for GOP on debt ceiling

July 12, 2011 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., may have come up with a plan to relieve pressure on congressional Republicans as the debt ceiling negotiations intensify with the Obama White House. McConnell announced a plan that would essentially give President Obama the power to raise the debt ceiling through the end...

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