House GOP pressures Dems as debt-ceiling deadline looms


On hearing the news that House Republicans were considering a bill setting up a new bipartisan, bicameral panel, Rep. Xavier Becerra (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 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. 

With House Republicans discussing crafting a new panel, Democrats were eager to throw cold water on the idea, arguing Congress could settle its differences without another special panel.

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