Dems face daunting task trying to tweak deficit supercommittee

"These fundamentally flawed proposals reflect the same failed 'stimulus' approach from Washington Democrats," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said. He also argued that the supercommittee's work will already help create jobs, because reducing the deficit will help create a more stable business environment that would lead to job growth.

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"The Joint Committee is entirely focused on jobs, because our economy will not grow if we don't begin to address our deficit and debt," he said.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) introduced his three measures last week. The most popular bill, H.R. 2835, would create a separate committee to focus on jobs that would operate similar to the 12-member deficit supercommittee.

That bill has 59 Democrat co-sponsors, including House Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).

Larson's other bills would expand the mandate of the deficit supercommittee to make recommendations on job creation, but each of these are co-sponsored by fewer than 10 Democrats.

View Larson's other bills here and here.

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