**FILE** Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, testifies Sept. 13 on Capitol Hill before the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

**FILE** Douglas W. Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, testifies Sept. 13 on Capitol Hill before the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)