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Alan K. Simpson (left) and Erskine Bowles, leaders of the White House’s defunct debt commission, are asking lawmakers to cancel the sequesters and embrace a $2.4 trillion deficit-reduction plan they proposed Tuesday. (Associated Press)

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Alan K. Simpson (left) and Erskine Bowles, leaders of the White House’s defunct debt commission, are asking lawmakers to cancel the sequesters and embrace a $2.4 trillion deficit-reduction plan they proposed Tuesday. (Associated Press)

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Debt commission co-chairmen Erskine Bowles (left) and former Sen. Alan K. Simpson speak to the media after a meeting of the panel on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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** FILE ** In this Nov. 25, 2012, file photo, former Sen. Alan K. Simpson (left) and Erskine Bowles were co-chairmen of President Obama’s deficit-reduction commission and have formed a new group called Fix the Debt to press for a solution to the nation’s severe deficit problem. (Associated Press)

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Debt commission co-chairmen Erskine Bowles (left) and former Sen. Alan K. Simpson speak to the media after a meeting of the panel on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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** FILE ** Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson (left) and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, take part in a news conference on deficit reduction on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Debt commission co-chairmen Erskine Bowles (left) and former Sen. Alan K. Simpson speak to the media after a meeting of the panel on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson (left) and Erskine Bowles were co-chairmen of President Obama’s deficit reduction commission and have formed a new group called Fix the Debt to press for a solution to the nation’s severe deficit problem. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Nov. 25, 2012, file photo, former Sen. Alan K. Simpson (left) and Erskine Bowles were co-chairmen of President Obama’s deficit-reduction commission and have formed a new group called Fix the Debt to press for a solution to the nation’s severe deficit problem. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson (left) and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, take part in a news conference on deficit reduction on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Erskine Bowles (right) and Alan K. Simpson, co-chairmen of President Obama's independent commission, said they are not sure whether they will have the supermajority of votes needed Friday to approve an aggressive deficit-reduction plan to submit to Congress.