The White House on Tuesday issued a veto threat over a new Republican proposal that would bring back the supercommittee: a bicameral, bipartisan committee to hash out a deal to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending reforms, similar to a group created by the 2011 Budget Control Act that failed to craft a long-term deficit reduction deal.
“The Administration strongly opposes House joint passage of H.J. Res. 89 and H.R. 3273, which does nothing to solve the immediate, pressing obligations the Congress has to open the Government and pay its bills,” read a statement from the Office of Management and Budget. “The House should allow a straight up or down vote on Senate-passed H.J. Res. 59 to reopen the Government, bring all the Nation’s dedicated civil servants back to work, and provide the services middle-class Americans deserve. In addition, the House should pass a clean debt ceiling bill without drama or delay so that the United States can continue to pay its bills and fulfill the Nation’s obligations.”
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