Yarmuth not as optimistic as Guthrie on chances of success for 'super committee'

08/24/2011 06:21 PM

LOUISVILLE — When the 535 members of Congress return to Washington D.C. after Labor Day, a lot of attention with shift to 12 of them.

That dozen — six from the House and six from the Senate — will form what’s being called the “Super Committee,” which was created this month by the bill Congress passed to raise the debt ceiling. That group has until Nov. 23 come up with at least $1.5 trillion in cuts to federal spending over 10 years.

If they fail, it will prompt deep across-the-board cuts to Medicare and the Department of Defense.

There aren’t any Kentuckians on the super committee, although Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell got to pick the three Republican Senators on it.

In a speech to a education-focused group on Wednesday, two Kentucky Congressmen disagreed on how effective the group could be:

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