Super Committee fails to reach deal
November 21st, 2011
06:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Super Committee fails to reach deal

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders traded blame Monday for the failure of the congressional "super committee" to forge a deficit reduction deal, but they also called for Congress to work out an agreement before painful automatic budget cuts take place in 2013.

Earlier, the co-chairs of the bipartisan special joint committee said in a statement that "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."

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission • Democrats • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. NeedNewGov

    Well, that about says it folks. The people of the United States have lost. The corporations have won. Just bend over and smile.

    November 21, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Media matters - doesn't it ?

    SUUPPRRISE, SUUPPRRISE, SUUPPRRIISE!
    By golly, you would have never guessed them there smart fellers in Worshington wouldn't have come up with some sort of solution.

    November 21, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Hangar13

    Big surprise here, did anyone think these politicians were going to do something about controlling spending? These people are so addicted to our money it borders on criminal. The next step is for Congress to do an end-around and avoid any of the cuts that were supposed to take effect after the Super Committee failed. And the lap dog media will treat that travesty as if it's news.

    November 21, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. JDinTexas

    Dear Congress:
    We reject your lame excuses, don't really believe you engaged in any "hard work" and, if after this, you remain "hopeful" so solution is going to fall from the sky, you are clearly delusional. Fortunately, the American People have come up with their own plan. Please report to the basement of the Capitol building at 9am tomorrow for waterboarding.
    Thank you

    November 21, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. cRRusher

    instead of trying to figure out which side to blame, let's blame both sides. i truly wish there was an America first 3rd party that i could vote for. the D's and R's remind me of Mad magazine's spy vs spy cartoons. the white and black spies would do anything to beat the other side, no matter what the damage.

    November 21, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Jetty

    The SuperCommittee is a Joke. The REAL SOLUTION is to let all the BUSH TAX CUTS expire.

    November 21, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Robby99

    The 12 members of the super committee are individually and jointly incompetent for their failure to meet this requirement for the American people! And by hiding behind a press release they demonstrate cowardness! I suggest that all 12 appear before a large audience of citizens immediately in a live public TV forum to debate the issues and allow the American people hear for themselves their individual positions and what caused their failure!.

    November 21, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Once upon a time, top economists testified at the hearings before the Stupid Committee, telling them to do X. The GOP/Teatrolls said "but X is precisely what we don't want to do." The End.

    November 21, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. madmadda

    What a suprise Did anyone think these slimeball corporate lackeys were going to take a stand? One must have principals in order to stand on them Their ethics rank somewhere between human traffickers & child molesters Note to the occupy movement set up camp in front of their homes & daily remind them of their sub-human nature I wonder how much of our $ they spent on lunch during this farce.All over the world people are risking their lives in daily protests for better governance It is time for Americans to do the same get off the couch & let's get in these creeps faces

    November 21, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Tired of the nonsense

    The GOP doesn't seem to understand that when this country sinks due to their greed, stupidity and narcissism, we all sink. There won't be any lifeboats for any of us.

    November 21, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. DB

    What did you think, the dems are hidding in the woods, and we have a bunch of JERRY SPRINGER Republicanc and their all owned by any bunch that has enough money, They all need to go!!!!

    November 21, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Skyflyer

    If the fat cats that are rich enough to buy politicians were taxed at a fair rate (about 50%) This would certainly help to reduce the debt.

    November 21, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Why do Republicans believe that if the economy fails they can convince The People that it is not their fault, and totally above any blame?

    November 21, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. GuyinVA

    First Kim Kardashian, now the "Super Committee". I'm becoming disillusioned. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Committees, super committees, task forces... none of them ever work. A Blue Ribbon Panel is always the way to go.

    November 21, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. BBB

    Initially calling them Super committe was a wrong idea. Nothing super with the group only lobbyists puppets.

    November 21, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. ronvan

    Really can't disagree with any of these comments. I could have made some $$$ by betting on the outcome of the "Super, spoiled brats"! NO deal? GEE, what a surprise. What, WE the people, need to do is vote every elected official out of office, starting with the 12! How worse off could we be? It doesn't matter what party or if you like them or not, get rid of all of them! And vote in term limits, 2 at the most. Then make it against the law for all these "people" from the MIC, and other companies that are putting $$$ in officials pockets to vote their way! ONLY, WE THE PEOPLE, can solve these problems by showing that we are fed up with all the bickering, lies, excuses, and on and on!

    November 21, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. CHUCK

    There was no way these set of misfits was ever going to come up with a plan. The GOP came there with an agenda to make the President look bad. They all signed the agreement not to raise taxes, so how can they come up with an agreement if they are under the control of the Tea Party? It is time for Congress to be held responsible for their inaction. I say that in 2012 it is not time to elect a new President, but it is time to elect a new Congress. They are reponsible and should pay the cost.

    November 21, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. w l jones

    Hope our Generals do not take that long to draw up a fail war plan. Smile.

    November 21, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. ST

    They sat down all those uncountable hours in order to come up and report failures???? How irresponsible the panel has been? Did they even once remember what it means by: "peoples first"?

    November 21, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  20. Squigman

    Take notes. Remember these people when election time comes. Then vote them out of office, and lay the blame on failure to make the same mistake twice. That would be a success on the part of the voters.

    November 21, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  21. Sonnie2

    This is a two way street that shows the need to spend less and tax more(inequal portions) tll we get where we belong
    so dammm simple that they just can't figure it out. Everybody gonna have to cook a sacred cow or two. But get over it already. Stand for something so you won't fall for everything.

    November 21, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |