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Deficit Committee Comes With Its Own Costs

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House Rules Chairman David Dreier said a resolution will have to be passed to set up funding for the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction.

But Chad Stone, a former Joint Economic Committee staff director, said it might be difficult to hire professional staff for a committee that is meant to exist for only a few months. Existing employees might be the most practical way to go, he said.

“I would just suspect people from the Budget committees and maybe from Finance and Ways and Means committees would be temporarily loaned — that would be the quickest way to staff up,” Stone said. “They just needed a convenient administrative structure.”

Because the committee is meant to be temporary, Moulton said, Congress would likely not build out office space, but rather would meet in existing space lent by other committees.

“Another step you have to go through is the committee has to convene and adopt its own set of rules, which are pretty much boiler plate,” he said. “But they don’t have to be. You could have arguments over those.”

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