Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Last Minute Recommendations to the Super Committee

Oct 17, 2011

Update: The House and Senate Agricultural Committees sent a bicameral, bipartisan letter to the Super Committee on Friday, promising a $23 billion savings package by November 1. Once this package is specified, we will include it in the tracker. 

Last Friday was the last day for committees to submit recommendations to the Super Committee, so it's no surprise that a flood of letters came in just then. A number of committees (and the Congressional Progressive Caucus) offered up ideas spanning a wide range of areas. We will briefly go through all of them.

This list excludes the Majority side of the House Intelligence Committee--who also submitted a letter to the Super Committee on Friday--since they didn't include any specific recommendations.

Also, in addition to these Congressional submissions, the Economic Policy Institute and The Century Foundation compiled a list of revenue options that would raise $4.7 trillion. You can see these options here.

The sum total of these submissions bring our Super Committee tracker up to 29. Although the deadline for Congressional committees has passed, there is still the opportunity for other groups or individuals to make their ideas known.

Committee/Organization/Individual Date Ten-Year Savings
Center for American Progress (CRFB Overview) 9/6 $1.5 trillion

Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia (Minority) (CRFB Overview)

9/15 $1.4 trillion

U.S. PIRG/National Taxpayers Union (CRFB Overview)

9/15 $1 trillion
Third Way (CRFB Overview) 9/15 $1.7 trillion
Taxpayers for Common Sense (CRFB Overview) 9/16 $1.7 trillion

President Obama (CRFB Overview)

9/19 $1.9 trillion
Sens. McCain, Carper, Coats, and Udall 9/20 N/A
Sen. Coburn  9/21 $300 billion
Rep. Coffman (CRFB Overview) 9/23 $103 billion
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CRFB Overview)    9/27 $200 billion

Sens. Coburn and Lieberman (CRFB Overview)

9/28 >$500 billion
99 Medical Associations (CRFB Overview) 10/3 $62 billion

78 House Democrats (Medicare) (CRFB Overview)

10/5 $156 billion
65 House Democrats (Nuclear Arsenal) (CRFB Overview) 10/11 $200 billion
House Judiciary Committee (Majority) (CRFB Overview) 10/12 $57 billion
House Democratic Caucus (CRFB Overview) 10/13 N/A
EPI/The Century Foundation (CRFB Overview) 10/13 $4.7 trillion
Senate Small Business Committee (Minority) (CRFB Overview) 10/13 N/A
Senate Armed Services Committee (Majority) (CRFB Overview) 10/14 <$2 billion
Senate Armed Services Committee (Minority) (CRFB Overview) 10/14 N/A
Senate Budget Committee (Bipartisan) (CRFB Overview) 10/14 N/A
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation (Bipartisan) (CRFB Overview) 10/14 $7 billion
Senate Finance Committee (Minority) (CRFB Overview) 10/14 N/A
House Financial Services Committee (Majority) (CRFB Overview) 10/14 N/A
House Homeland Security Committee (Majority) (CRFB Overview) 10/14 $8 billion
Senate Homeland Security Committee (Bipartisan) (CRFB Overview) 10/14 N/A
House Science Committee (Majority) (CRFB Overview) 10/14 N/A
Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia (Majority) (CRFB Overview) 10/14 N/A
Congressional Progressive Caucus (CRFB Overview) 10/14 $3.9 trillion