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This was the first time the ideas in Simpson-Bowles plan, which was unveiled more than a year ago, was voted on in the Congress. The plan called for reducing the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years with part coming from spending cuts and part from new tax dollars.
The support of only 16
Other Pennsylvanians who voted for the plan include Republicans Patrick Meehan, 7th district, and Todd Platts, 19th district and Democrat
The bill was the basic framework supported in a letter signed by 100 lawmakers during the supercommittee talks calling on the 12 members to "go big" and cut $4 trillion, rather then the $1.2 trillion target it was working on. Dent and Schwartz both signed that letter. The supercommittee ultimately failed to agree on any plan.
"Americans are screaming for us to take off our red jerseys on this side, to take off the blue jerseys on that side, and put on the red, white and blue jerseys of the United States of America," LaTourette said on the House floor. "Our proposal, inspired by the Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission, authorized by the President of the United States has been viciously attacked from the left and the right and so i think ... we're on to something."