WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democrat serving on a “supercommittee” responsible for recommending more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts says it’s “still unclear” that the panel will succeed.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen said he’s absolutely convinced that members of the bipartisan 12-member committee are trying to reach agreement by a Thanksgiving deadline.

The Maryland Democrat also says that the supercommittee should take near-term steps to create jobs.

The panel is charged with coming up with $1.2 trillion in deficit savings over the coming decade. But differences over raising new tax revenues and cutting popular benefit programs like Medicare have thus far kept the panel from making a breakthrough.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Wheres common sense when you need it says:

    These people can’t agree on anything else, why would they agree now? If they do agree to something, you bet your rearend that they will personaly benefit from it. Lets see, foreign aid… CUT, Congressional benefits…CUT, Congressional pay….CUT, bank bailouts….CUT, Wall Street bail outs…..CUT, business bailouts and subsidies….CUT, Tax loop holes……GONE, intitlements for the lazy………..GONE, intitlements for baby makers who can’t afford to raise the ones they already have…….GONE, all programs that give illegals any type of benefits…GONE. H*ll, this is easy!

  2. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    The above comment has a LOT OF TRUTH in it. . .I totally agree, , ,how do we get this STARTED!!!

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