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Super Committee Co-Chairs in 'Serious Discussions' over Group's Operation

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- The co-chairs of the super committee formed to reduce the federal debt issued a joint statement Wednesday saying that they have been in “serious discussions” on the rules of the Joint Committee’s operation, including setting up formal meeting times and that committee members are busy reviewing the deficit reduction work that others have worked on over the past years.
The co-chairs, Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Representative Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, say that during the August recess they have been “working together” to ensure that the committee has “every opportunity to succeed.”
“In our capacity as co-chairmen, we are engaging in serious discussions to determine what set of rules will govern the committee’s operation, examining a schedule of potential meetings and exploring how to build a committee staff that will help us achieve success,” the co-chairs write in a paper statement. “Additionally, most of the committee members are reviewing the deficit reduction work that many others have engaged in over the past several years.”
The co-chairs say they are “eager to engage one another as we begin our work,” although no formal meetings with the 12-member bipartisan super committee have been scheduled yet. Likely, the super committee will meet for the first time when the House and Senate is back in session after the Labor Day holiday, during the first week in September.
“We encourage our colleagues to participate in active and useful dialogue across the aisle and among our respective caucuses as we continue to work through this process.”
The committee has until Thanksgiving to come to an agreement on a plan to achieve a $1.5 trillion cut to the deficit over the next decade. If they do not, the trigger options, negotiated during the debt ceiling deal would take effect.

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