September 13, 2011
The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, led by Co-Chairs Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., center, meets on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday to hear from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf about the national debt. From left are, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Hensarling, Murray, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.
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Members of a special House-Senate deficit-cutting “supercommittee” urged their colleagues Tuesday to go beyond the panel’s minimum spending-cut target of $1.2 trillion over the coming decade, but the price tag on President Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan is complicating the panel’s work.