By Peter Schroeder - 10/14/11 02:56 PM EDT
While members of both parties have often sparred on the committee, both GOP members and ranking member Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) made some of the same recommendations to the supercommittee.
For example, both called for an increase to the fees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge to guarantee mortgages, although Republicans asked for a bigger hike than Frank. And both called for cost-saving reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program. Frank offered his suggestions on Thursday.
As Republicans hunted high and low for ways to trim the deficit, they even looked at their pocket change. The group said that using cheaper metals to make pennies and nickels could save the government a combined $433 million over 10 years.