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Is a "Super Congress" required to raise the debt ceiling?

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  July 24, 2011 03:57 PM

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There are joint committees and there are joint sessions of Congress but there isn't a "Super Congress", well, at least not yet. Multiple news organizations are reporting that the creation of a "Super Congress" or "super committee" is being considered as a way to go around the current legislative impasse.

The Daily Mail has the best write up

A new 'Super Congress' or 'super-committee', comprised of members of both chambers and both parties, is part of a new plan proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The proposal includes an unprecedented formation of a 12-member panel of lawmakers, in addition to legislation to lift the $14.3trillion debt ceiling. Legislation approved by the proposed committee is intended to move quickly through both chambers and could not be amended by lawmakers by casting an up or down vote, reports the Huffington Post. The panel would thus be 'less accountable than the system that exists today, and would find it easier to strip the public of popular benefits,' the report suggests.

Not entirely sure how this jives with congressional rules or the Constitution but this is eerily reminiscent of the passage of TARP and ObamaCare. The country is already really unhappy with what is happening in Washington but if everybody is dragged through another complicated sausage making procedure you can expect a major public outcry.

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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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