Burgess said other existing programs are on the table in the supercommittee, "so why shouldn't new entitlements created by the Affordable Care Act be as well?" Burgess cast his proposal as an easy way to cut the deficit, since many of the programs under the law have not yet been implemented.


"The easiest money to save is money you haven't yet spent," he said. "This new select committee could easily achieve almost their entire target of reducing the nation's deficit, and most surprisingly, almost every dollar would come from benefits that do not yet exist."

After his remarks, the House adjourned until about 5:30 p.m., when it will resume to take up three suspension bills.