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Top GOP congressman committed to "super-committee" deal

(Xinhua)

09:30, October 28, 2011

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner attends a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, Oct. 27, 2011. Boehner, the top Republican congressman, said on Thursday that he was committed to reaching a deficit reduction deal through the vehicle of a bipartisan debt panel, but the committee was confronted with tough challenges to tackle. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican congressman, said on Thursday that he was committed to reaching a deficit reduction deal through the vehicle of a bipartisan debt panel, but the committee was confronted with tough challenges to tackle.

"It's my commitment to try to get to an outcome," Boehner told reporters on Thursday, adding that it was difficult for the group to agree on a debt reduction plan.

The powerful 12-member "super-committee" was created by a bipartisan debt reduction deal inked in Aug. to cope with mounting U. S. budgetary challenges. The committee is tasked to identify at least 1.2 trillion U.S. dollars in deficit cuts by Nov. 23. Failure to do so will trigger automatic spending cuts in defense and non-defense domestic programs.

With a Thanksgiving deadline approaching, Democrats made the first move in a closed-door meeting this week, pressing the bipartisan panel to pursue a far-reaching deal to slice 3 trillion dollars from the federal budget over the next decade through an equal mix of spending cuts and new revenue, which was rejected by Republican rivals, local media reported.

"We're into the really tough time and it is going to take a lot more work," Boehner added.

Some experts have cast doubt on the panel's ability to come to an agreement within less than four weeks, as committee members from the two parties had divergent opinions on deficit cutting priorities.


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