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On Thursday, President Obama used an executive order to create a debt commission. The commission will be charged with “taking on the impossible” and designing a plan to reduce the federal deficit. To lead the commission Obama chose former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-WY., and Democrat Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff to President Clinton.
“They’re going to try to restore reason to the fiscal debate and come up with answers,” said Obama. “The politics of dealing with chronic deficits is fraught with hard choices. And therefore it’s treacherous to officeholders here in Washington.”
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama’s executive order sets up a debt commission to study options on spending and taxes because the U.S. Congress failed to create a congressional deficit panel of its own. The presidential commission will make recommendations but lacks the power to bind Congress to them.
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