House Democrats were quick to shoot down the idea of establishing a new supercommittee to address the debt ceiling Tuesday. [WATCH VIDEO]
On hearing the news that House Republicans were considering a bill setting up a new bipartisan, bicameral panel, Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraPlanned Parenthood video makers face felony charges in Calif. In California race, social justice wing of Democrats finally comes of age Calif. gov: 'We're not going to bring stupid lawsuits' over border wall MORE (D-Calif.) responded, "Not again. Not again. Oh my gosh."
Becerra, head of the House Democratic Caucus, was a member of the original supercommittee. That bipartisan panel of House and Senate lawmakers was created during the debt limit fight of 2011 and charged with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit savings. That panel failed in its mission, leading to the enactment of broad sequester cuts.
"There was nothing super about it," he added.
"Appoint conferees to the budget," said Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.). "We don't need to do that. We have regular order."
Democrats addressed the idea of a new supercommittee after emerging from their own private meeting.
Following that meeting, they reiterated that enough Democrats support a "clean" funding bill to end the government shutdown and again demanded Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerNunes rebuffs calls for recusal Wounded Ryan faces new battle Bottom Line MORE (R-Ohio) bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
"The Speaker knows the votes exist to stop this gimmickry," said Becerra.
Democrats also blasted Republicans for holding firm on making debt limit demands, saying conservatives were putting the global economy at risk for political purposes.
"Now they're playing with a blowtorch. They know exactly what they're doing," said Crowley. "It's absolutely absurd what they believe is in the best interest of our country."
At the same time, House Democrats were as stumped as everyone else on how to break through the logjam that has driven the government shutdown for a week.
"If we had an answer, we would propose it," said Rep. Jim MoranJim MoranFormer reps: Increase support to Ukraine to deter Russia GOP Rep. Comstock holds on to Virginia House seat 10 races Democrats must win to take the House MORE (D-Va.).