Congressional "Super Committee" Is Not So Super After
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.
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
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.
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.
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
J.M. Smith - © 08-03-11