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September 12, 2011

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, left, and Sen. Patty Murray, right, co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, arrive for the first organizational meeting of the panel on Capitol Hill Sept. 8.

Obama Jobs Plan Puts Strain on Deficit Committee

Published September 12, 2011 |


Members of the bipartisan deficit “super committee” are on edge as President Obama calls for Congress to pass his $447 billion jobs plan, fretting that the stimulus-style proposal makes their task that much harder.

The president, who is sending his plan to Congress Monday evening, claims the bill will not add to the deficit. The White House says that over the next two weeks, Obama will spell out exactly how he intends to pay for the proposals, and then some.

But the task of offsetting the cost of the bill will ultimately fall to the bipartisan committee. That committee already is charged with finding about $1.5 trillion in deficit savings by Thanksgiving — Obama’s bill brings their target to about $2 trillion. Though the president plans to give the committee a roadmap to reaching that larger target, Republican members expressed concern that the latest request will make it much harder to drum up enough avenues for deficit reduction in a mere two-month timeframe.

“This proposal would make the already-arduous challenge of finding bipartisan agreement on deficit reduction nearly impossible, removing our options for deficit reduction for a plan that won’t reduce the deficit by one penny,” committee co-chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said in a statement.

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