As deadline looms for debt-reduction super committee, sides remain divided

Despite prodding from President Barack Obama, members of the Congress super committee on debt reduction concede no deal is in sight just days before the deadline. Utah State University Political Science Department Chairman Mike Lyons says although they have not given up hope the panel members remain sharply divided. “If the Congress fails to approve a fairly significant deficit reduction measure,” Lyons says, “I think the figure is $1.2 trillion over a 10 year time frame, then automatic cuts in programs occur with Social Security being exempt but pretty much everything else on the table. “Those cuts are going to significantly affect the operations of the national government and there ‘s going to be push-back and there will be significant political repercussions. Despite some concessions, he says the two sides remain divided over the same basic issues that thwarted earlier deficit reduction efforts: finding an agreeable blend of tax increases and cuts in the largest government benefit programs.

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