September 13, 2011
Members of the protest group Code Pink stand behind Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf at the start of a hearing on the national debt by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington. The panel, often called the “supercommittee,” was created out of the bipartisan compromise during the debt ceiling crisis in August.
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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.