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Rep. Jeb Hensarling (center), Texas Republican, and Rep. Xavier Becerra (left), California Democrat, open the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — often called the "supercommittee" — on Capitol Hill on Sept. 8, 2011. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this photo provided by NBC News, Sens. John Kyle, R-Ariz., and John Kerry, D-Mass., members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, talk about the status of committee work on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/NBC News, William B. Plowman)

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** FILE ** Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., arrives for a meeting with bipartisan members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, often called the supercommittee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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With reporters looking for an update Tuesday, Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat and co-chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, walks through the Capitol after a closed-door meeting with Democratic members of the supercommittee. The panel faces a Nov. 23 deadline to come up with a plan. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Rep. Jeb Hensarling (left), Texas Republican, and Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, sit together as the supercommittee meets on Capitol Hill on Nov. 1, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction co-chairmen Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Texas Republican, are being pressed "to stabilize our debt as a share of the economy and assure America's fiscal well-being." (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction meets on Capitol Hill last month. Supercommittee members (from left) are Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Jon Kyl, Sen. Max Baucus, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. John F. Kerry and Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, talks on his cell phone Sept. 27, 2011, outside a closed-door meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the top Democrat on House Budget Committee, listens Sept. 8, 2011, as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, often called the "supercommittee," holds its first organizational meeting on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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**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)

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Rep. Jeb Hensarling (center), Texas Republican, and Rep. Xavier Becerra (left), California Democrat, open the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — often called the "supercommittee" — on Capitol Hill on Sept. 8, 2011. (Associated Press)