Gingrich: 'Super committee' must go
August 16th, 2011
11:55 AM ET
8 years ago

Gingrich: 'Super committee' must go

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wants the congressional "super committee," charged with cutting more than a trillion in spending by the end of the year, to get cut itself.

"Why is it super other than that they've aggregated power into 12 people who will spend the next few months fighting?" said the Republican presidential candidate in a speech Tuesday at the Heritage Foundation.

Members of the bipartisan committee, who were appointed last week, are tasked with finding between $1.2 and $1.5 trillion in spending cuts, scored over the next 10 years. The committee has until Thanksgiving to reach a decision.

Calling the idea "absurd," Gingrich said the committee is set up in such a way to prolong the recent partisan gridlock that pushed the debt-ceiling deal into its eleventh-hour agreement on Aug. 2.

"We've gotten into this cycle where small groups of elites get together, argue with each other in secret, tell us occasional press reports of their version of the arguments, and at the last minute come up with a proposal that says 'We're either going to cut off your right leg, or shoot you in the head. Which would you prefer?'" Gingrich said. "And we call that government."

Should the committee reach a stalemate, or if Congress votes down its proposal, the debt ceiling will be raised by $1.2 trillion by the end of the year, triggering automatic across-the-board cuts in government spending, including defense cuts.

The end-of-the-year agreement would also require both chambers of Congress to vote on adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

However, Gingrich said he expects nothing but a political impasse in the debt commission.

"They'll be engaged in an ideological fight: tax increase or no tax increase," Gingrich said.

The former House Speaker insisted that Congress pass hundreds of small laws over the next few months instead, each with their own plan to cut spending or bring in revenue through various energy and government reform programs.

Gingrich argued his plan would "dwarf" the goals set by the deficit reduction plan set by Congress, and claimed that about $3 trillion in cuts–also scored over 10 years–could be found by Christmas.

While the Republican candidate didn't answer questions about the presidential campaign, Gingrich said he represents those he's been listening to across the country who feel "very offended by the 'super committee' and very threatened by it and distrust it deeply."

Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Jay

    I have no idea why this idiot entered the race. After his showing in the Ames poll, I have no idea why he is still in the race.

    Gingrich, you have almost no chance of winning. Just go away idiot and let the grownups talk.

    August 16, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Julie

    Well, this is what was voted on by a majority of both houses of congress, including the one the GOP controls. Now Newt is speaking out. He and Romney had nothing to say about anything much so think he should be just as quiet now – ah peace.

    August 16, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. V in Chicago

    Finally – a Republican who makes sense. I know Newt has his "personal" issues, but he is the smartest, most qualified one in the Circus. I am a strong Obama supporter, but if I had to choose from the gang on the other side, Newt would be the one. I would just ask that he keep his personal issues out of the spotlight. I don't need my President to be a saint, but I don't want to hear about his crap either. And one other thing, don't preach at anyone else about their morals. Let's just talk running the country and how to get us back to where we need to be – employed and on top again!

    August 16, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Haze

    He makes a horrid candidate but Newt is brilliant. The super committee is like jobs and economic economic growth with Obama – a loser from the start. Divided government sure worked well when Clinton and Newt ran things but with the Chicago mob running things we are not going to get unemployment under control for a long while.

    August 16, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. The Other Michael in Houston

    John in PA, not sure why I even pay attention to your ignorance but, how about we bring war crimes against former President Bush, his whole administration and every congressperson who voted yes to invading Iraq, which amongst other things that was done between 2000 and 2008, which is the reason why our country is almost bankrupt! John, people like you and others who keep repeating the lie to attempt to make it true are idiots and we see right through you. That is why in November 2012, President Obama will be re-elected. I will bet one of my million dollor houses against your fast food check John.

    August 16, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Real Patriot

    Mr. Irrelevant Strikes Again!

    August 16, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    Is anybody still listening to this pompous jerk??

    August 16, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    And, BTW, if anyone but newt said it, I would agree that the 'Super committee' is the wrong plan. If I try to contact a Senator from another state, I am essentially told to 'forget it'. The 'Super committee' should be responsive to all Americans, not just residents of the members' states. Granted, that is how committees in Congress work.

    And, newt is a pompous jerk.

    August 16, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Newt's right.... Just another way to kick the can down the road and avoid responsibility. This government has become nothing but a series of closed door meetings where people get bribed for cooperation. Stinking backroom Democrat politics. So much for transparency in government.

    August 16, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    maf wrote:
    The Party of NO is quickly painting themselves into an indefensible corner. Good luck having anything to run on in the 2012 election. Not only will you have NO viable candidate, you won't have an economic platform, foreign policy, defense strategy or anything that resembles moving forward.
    Guess what? They have said time and time again that they want to take the country back. Back to what you wonder? Now you know. Back to the war on the middle class.

    August 16, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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