Super Congress. To some it's an oxymoron. To others it's a punch line. To still more it's a terryfying image.
The bottom line is that most people don't think the concept of yet another group of lawmakers, albeit representing both major parties, will work as a way to solve the impending debt ceiling crisis.
It seems at best another effort to distance most of the House and Senate from their sworn duties.
The Super Congress idea, however, is part of the debt ceiling plan proposed today by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). A similar 12-member bipartisan panel also is part of the Senate debt ceiling proposal revealed shortly after the Boehner deal by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
It's not just Jane and John Q. Public who are raising their eyebrows at mention of a Super Congress. There's notable resistance from some on Capitol Hill.
Boehner's bill has taken the brunt of the criticism, primarily because the House is a bit more, shall we say, unruly.
A group of the speaker's more conservative colleagues, many of them affiliated with the Tea Party, are among those aggressively opposing the latest proposal.
I guess that's the Congressional equivalent of "It's not you, it's me."
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