Debt Committee Dems Propose First Plan for Cuts

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Democrats on the the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the Super Committee, gave their first proposal to the committee Republicans on Wednesday. The committee is charged with reducing the nation's debt by cutting $1.2 trillion.

Congressional officials, speaking to the Associated Press said the proposed plan puts Social Security on the table, offering to slow the growth in future benefits. It also includes several hundred billion dollars of cuts to Medicare and other federal entitlement programs. Part of the savings from the cuts would fund measures for job creation.

The Republicans have strongly opposed tax increases, so it is unlikely they will approve the Democrats' plan.

The bi-partisan committee has until November 23 to present its debt reduction plan to Congress. If they fail to reach a deal by then and Congress is unable to pass it into law by the end of December, automatic spending cuts in the amount of $1.2 trillion would be triggered.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


About It's A Free Country ®

Archive of It's A Free Country articles and posts. Visit the It's A Free Country Home Page for lots more.

Supported by

WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public.  Learn more at


Supported by