Congressional "Super Committee" Is Not So Super After All  

S-365 Budget Control Act of 2011 Title IV - Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction: Click Here --It is being called a "Super Committee" but it is far from deserving of such a name.

The committee's job is to come up with a plan to reduce the deficit and pass it on to the House of Representatives and the Senate, where it will go through each committee and be voted on.

The act appears to allow two hours of debate, but no amendments to the plan. If the plan makes it through both the house and the senate committees, then a simple up or down vote will be taken in each. On one hand it seems wrong that no amendments can be made; but on the other hand, if their is no revenue increase (the constitution protects such), it is not a big deal.

The committee is half Republicans and half Democrats. The committee has to come up with its plan, no later than November 23, 2011, or nothing goes forward. If it does, then both houses have to pass it, or nothing goes forward. Some are upset that there cannot be any amendments, but if anything, any plan has more of a chance of being voted down because of such.

It is important to note that the committee cannot do anything else. The committee is not taking over congress and making laws. The committee is working only on a plan to reduce the deficit, nothing else. It is not voting to "pass" such plan into law, nor is it going to cross over to other things. And most importantly to keep in mind, the committee is terminated on January 31, 2012.

Personally, I don't think anything is going to come of this committee, but a smoke screen to keep people from the real issue at hand. Congress is once again dodging it's responsibility to reduce the deficit

Debra J.M. Smith -  08-03-11

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