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Clock Is Running for Joint Deficit Panel

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Freshman Sen. Pat Toomey was chosen to sit on the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction.

Toomey told reporters that the panel shouldn't dismiss tax reform because of the time constraints but should look at proposals various groups have already vetted.

Correction: Aug. 15, 2011

An earlier version of this article misstated when a “trigger” to automatically cut defense, Medicare and other spending would kick in if Congress fails to enact at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction by Dec. 23. The automatic cuts would begin Jan. 1, 2013.

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