Toomey, Supercommittee, To Begin Work After Labor Day

Committee schedules first meeting on Sept. 8

The bipartisan supercommittee will hold its first meeting next week.

Republican Pa. Senator Pat Toomey is among the lawmakers set to begin a three-month quest to come up with at least $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts.

"I look forward to the committee sitting down next week and getting to work on tackling our fiscal challenges and pursuing pro-growth policies, said Toomey.”

The co-chairs of the 12-member panel, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, said they will hold an organizational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8. Members will make opening remarks and vote on committee rules.

The supercommittee will meet again on Tuesday, Sept. 13, to hear testimony on the history and drivers of the nation's debt.

The supercommittee was established under the debt-ceiling legislation passed at the end of the summer. It is charged with coming up with $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts by Nov. 23. Failure to do so would trigger automatic spending cuts in defense and domestic programs.

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“As I traveled across Pennsylvania this past month, holding town halls and jobs roundtables with constituents, I repeatedly heard from Pennsylvanians about their concerns over the economy, the lack of jobs, and our deficit problems," Toomey said.

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