Skip to comments.Will Obama really insist on debt triggers if the supercommittee fails? (How serious is he?)
Posted on 11/12/2011 11:40:02 AM PST by SeekAndFind
President Obama warned congress that he would insist on activating the debt triggers that would lead to automatic budget cuts across the board if the supercommittee fails to find the cuts mandated under the debt ceiling agreement from last summer.
President Obama called the Democratic and Republican chairmen of Congress's special deficit reduction supercommittee Friday and urged them to reach a deal, as the panel's deadline for agreeing on a strategy to slash the nation's debt rapidly approaches.
In separate phone calls, Obama urged Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) to find a way to steer the 12-member bipartisan panel to an agreement, the White House said.
But he also carried another message: Congress should not undo the painful consequences for failing to reach a deal that were agreed to when the supercommittee was created in the August debt deal.
According to that agreement, if the committee of six senators and six representatives deadlocks, budgets will be cut automatically by $1.2 trillion over the next decade.
Half of those cuts would come from the Pentagon, a prospect daunting enough that leading lawmakers have suggested the cuts should be repealed.
But the so-called sequester could not be undone without a sign-off from Obama, and he made clear Friday that he would not agree.
How serious is he? My take is that internal White House polling is showing that if he were to insist on the debt triggers going forward, the American people would largely back him up. It will show that he is serious about the debt while congress is less so. It would also show that he's a strong leader - which has been one of the knocks on Obama since his numbers started to plummet
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How did he get into the mix?
1- The “super committee” is extra-constitutional from the start.
2- “Rules” for such an entity are unenforceable under the law.
3- Republicans should simply present their proposals as the result of the committee, since the Dem’s are too immature to participate.
4- Those results should be submitted to the Congress, which IS the lawful body for any such budget bills.
5- Let Harry & Obama explain why they’re not acting on it.
6- Republicans can then insist that the “sequestration” is not in play, because they indeed produced a plan.
REPUBLICANS NEED COURAGE!
The “gridlock” was the plan all along, giving Zero the chance to step in and force the changes he wants.
Aren’t the triggers AUTOMATIC?
What good are triggers if they can just decide not to do them?
IMHO, no serious budget changes are happening until after the next President takes office. Just carnival barker Congress critters keepin’ the slush slushin’, the graft graftin’ and the jabber jabberin’ until then.
"This select committee, I believe, can really do what we haven't had the courage to do in the past. ...
I think that a lot of us would have the courage to vote for what the most experienced people in Congress come up with," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Most experienced people in Congress. My good Senator McCain, "most experienced" is the problem.
And he said it in such a quiet, confident, smug manner.
Hsssssssssssssssssssss.......of a snake......
He's the one who likes to call DC the City of Satan.
Budget? We don't have no stinking budget.
Exactly. The House has passed an FY2012 budget. But, so far as I know, the Senate has yet to act on any appropriation bill.
For the third year in a row...
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