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FAIL: Fiscal Commission Adjourns Without Holding Official Vote


Those 11 members include politicians like Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on opposite ends of political spectrum. But ultimately, enough liberal and conservative members opposed the package to prevent it from winning an automatic up or down vote in the Senate. Those commissioners are: Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Dave Camp (R-MI), Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and former SEIU President Andy Stern.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has agreed to work with the commission's chairmen, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, to hold a floor vote on the package next Congress. But incoming Speaker John Boehner has thus far refused to make the same commitment.

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