Dem lawmaker criticizes super committee as 'anti-democratic'

A liberal Democrat on Tuesday called the "super committee" included in the debt-limit deal "anti-democratic."

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said the committee reduced the governing majority down to a seven-person agreement on a 12-member committee. "It's like 'Honey, I shrunk the Congress,'" he said on ABC'S "Topline."

The debt-limit agreement cuts federal deficits by nearly $1 trillion over 10 years while raising the debt ceiling at least $2.1 trillion through 2012. It also establishes a bipartisan, bicameral committee of 12 legislators charged with putting together an additional $1.5 trillion deficit-reduction package.

Kucinich, who voted against the debt-limit deal in the House on Monday night, said it was "fairly insane" to tie raising the debt ceiling to a 10-year budget cut.

According to Kucinich, Democrats should not have been forced into a position where they had to accept a deal that did not include revenue increases. "The president could have invoked the 14th Amendment," he said.

The 14th Amendment solution has been promoted by a number of Democrats who believe that a clause empowers the president to raise the debt ceiling without congressional authority.

"We've done everything wrong here," Kucinich said.

Americans are out of work, Kucinich noted. "What do we do? We come up with this brilliant plan to cut spending. Oh, boy."

The debt-limit deal passed the Senate on Tuesday afternoon. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.

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