A leader of the House conservative caucus said he’s not "overly optimistic" about the prospects for the budget-deal "supercommittee."
"I think we need to stand strong and say we're not going to raise taxes and we’ve got to cut spending," Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said Wednesday in an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News. "And we'll see how this all plays out, but I guess I'm not overly optimistic that they're going to be able to reach an agreement that actually makes sense for the country, that actually reduces spending and doesn't raise taxes."
The committee was established as part of the recently passed legislation that raised the debt ceiling. Jordan voted against the measure.
Democratic and Republican leaders in both chambers have until Aug. 16 to each pick three members to sit on the committee.
Of the four leaders, only House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has yet to announce her choices.
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Before any supercommittee members were announced, Democrats and Republicans were already voicing sticking points the panel would be facing. Republicans have said that there would be no agreement that included tax increases, while Democrats have said everything should be on the negotiating table, including raising taxes.