Debt Commission member, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., left , talks with co-chairmen Erskine Bowles, before a meeting of the commission on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Debt Commission member, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., left , talks with co-chairmen Erskine Bowles, before a meeting of the commission on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)