Despite pressure from committee chairmen and others, House GOP leaders are, for now, taking a hands-off approach to the proceedings of the super committee. Unlike in previous efforts to find a negotiated settlement to debt and spending issues this year, GOP leadership aides said Boehner and Cantor have told Members that they will “provide any support or assistance” they need, but Boehner has made clear that, for the time being, it is up to the Members to find a deal.
Speaking at the annual Ideas Forum in Washington, D.C., last week, Boehner reiterated that he is “firmly committed to ensuring that the so-called super committee come to an outcome and a successful outcome. ... I made it clear to the Republican members of the super committee that I expect there will be an outcome, that there has to be an outcome.”
But Boehner refused to set limits for the committee. When asked whether the deal could include tax reform, he said, “I’m not gonna predict what they will or won’t do but there has to be an outcome.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.