Still 'plenty of time' for a deal, 'super committee' co-chair says
October 25th, 2011
12:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Still 'plenty of time' for a deal, 'super committee' co-chair says

Washington (CNN) - With the deadline to come up with a $1.5 trillion deficit reduction package just weeks away, and very little detail about what the so-called "super committee" is discussing behind closed doors, the co-chair of the bipartisan panel insisted Tuesday there's plenty of time to reach a deal.

"I remain encouraged that the members of the Joint Select Committee know how serious the situation is. I believe they are all committed to achieving the goal and until the stroke of midnight on November 22nd, we still have plenty of time to do the committee's work," Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling told reporters on Capitol Hill.

Hensarling's comment suggests that the panel will take the full amount of time up to its November 23rd deadline to release its recommendations.

But Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said while he was "hopeful" the group would reach a deal by the deadline, he wasn't yet confident the weeks of discussions were developing the outlines of an agreement.

"Hopeful is not confident," the number two House Democrat emphasized.

Although Hoyer said he's been in contact with all the members of the panel, he admitted those on it are not sharing very many details of the group's meetings, even with leaders.
"The twelve are being very circumspect with their colleagues as well as the press," Hoyer said Tuesday. But he explained that the silence was deliberate, noting, "a big deal is going to be a controversial deal."

Despite both political parties push to press for various jobs bills, Hoyer maintained that the super committee's work is the most important effort in Washington.

"I think it will be one of the single best things we can do to give confidence to our own people, to give confidence to business and consumers, and to strengthen confidence around the world in America's ability to meet the challenges that confront it."

One potential option before the panel is to provide a blueprint for spending cuts and tax reform in time for the November deadline, but leave the details to the relevant Congressional committees to fill in. Hoyer said such an approach could gain support in Congress.

After more than a month of only closed door meetings, the super committee has scheduled an open hearing for Wednesday to hear testimony from the director of the Congressional Budget Office.

If a simple majority of the super committee's members approves its recommendations, Congress is required to hold an up or down vote on the package by December 23rd.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit commission
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    America knows that the only way to reach compromise in the Congress is a one way street, for the Democrats to agree with what the Republicans agree upon.

    October 25, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Rep. Stoyer, most people do not know the names of the major players in Congress. Bit, I know a lot of people who know the names of the major players in Congress. Many of those only know the names when they name is recited to them. They know names like McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi (thanks to negative Republican ads), and Cantor. But, almost no one knows or recognizes your name, sir. Why is that?

    October 25, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Ruby Gumshoe

    'But Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said while he was "hopeful" the group would reach a deal by the deadline, he wasn't yet confident the weeks of discussions were developing the outlines of an agreement. '

    What's this 'hopefull' crap? Get wise, Hoyer, hope is not a strategy! You bums need to start doing the job we sent you there to do or come next November we'll replace you with someone who will!

    October 25, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Sandra, Atl

    The Republican is confident that the Democrats will have to bend to their will....NO NEW TAXES....NO CHANGES to LOOPHOLES....cut, cut, cut to benefit that 1% and big corporations. You can bet they are telling their leadership what they want them to know.
    I used to vote for the person who I thought represented my interests best and have voted Democratic, Republican, and Independent in years past. There is not a Republican out there that I have seen or heard running their mouths who represent me. That definitely includes Tom Price!

    October 25, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    The GOP reneged on the budget deal from April. They will renege on this too and, after causing the trigger to be flipped, pass legislation through their majority in the House that will attempt to avoid the defense spending cuts in the trigger, but keep and perhaps even attempt to increase the cuts to Medicare payment amounts in the trigger. I give Kyl about a week or so before he's making all sorts of outlandish misrepresentations about what the Dems are seeking to do in the committee and accusing the Dems of refusing to compromise (i.e., do only what the GOP likes even if the Dems don't like it, but not demand that the GOP do anything it doesn't like or make any concessions of any kind)...then he and maybe a couple other GOPer/Teatrolls will walk away from the table, acting all butthurt and holding opress conferences to tell us all about their butthurt in hopes that it convinces the public to blame the Dems and Obama. Tick tock...only a matter of time....

    October 25, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If it doesn't privatize social security, the post office, eliminate all safety and banking regulations for Americans, and give more tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy, how will you get republicans to support it?

    October 25, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. PA_outof work

    The best response from this so-called "super committee" would be to demand the resignation of Obama and the entire Obama administration. Their immediate resignation would create a clear signal that business would not be burdened by this out of control government any longer. If this does not happen, we wait until the 2012 election, it’s coming fast.

    October 25, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. WhereIsPalin

    Input from the Congressional Buget Office? If this is a super committee, then let's get some super intellectuals........Palin or Trump. Even Bachmann....she knows how to get gas to $2 a gallon. Then there's Paul.....he can lop off a trillion in one year.

    October 25, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. curious

    If this committee is not suporting a shared comittment from the wealthly,they are wasting their time. The cuts to the middle class and the poor, while excusing the rich, will increase the crowds at the occupy protests.

    October 25, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    No one has much expectation, for this group.

    October 25, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. vinny

    It will never happen. This country is in for a rude awakening......soon.
    Welcome to the USA...the world's newest 3rd world country

    October 25, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Ancient Texan

    Idealogues on both sides of the aisle won't make much progress.

    October 25, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. anotherperson

    committees come, committees go. i haven't seen one in fifty years actually bring legislation to fruition. too many hands in the post-legislation process. no wonder congresses positive ratings are in reality negative.

    October 25, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |