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'Super Congress' Idea Floated to Solve Debt Crisis

Sunday, 24 Jul 2011 11:34 AM

By Newsmax Wires

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly are working on an idea to create a new bipartisan committee to break the debt-ceiling deadlock.

Such a committee, which some label a “Super Congress” and staffers on Capitol Hill are calling a “super committee,” reportedly would have special powers not present in the Constitution now, according to the Daily Mail in London.

The body, which some bloggers are blasting as patently illegal, would be a 12-member bipartisan panel with six members from each party. It would settle on an agreement to fast-track through the Senate and the House, where members would not be allowed to debate the plan, just vote for or against it.

"With the weight of both leaderships behind it, a product originated by the Super Congress would have a strong chance of moving through the little Congress and quickly becoming law," according to the Daily Mail. "A Super Congress would be less accountable than the system that exists today, and would find it easier to strip the public of popular benefits.

House Speaker John Boehner reportedly supports the idea, although he has not pressed the concept publicly.

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