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Oct 14, 2011 6:00 AM by Trovette Tottress

Lawmakers advise supercommittee to be cautious

WASHINGTON (AP) - Today's the last day to suggest ways to trim the deficit to a special congressional panel that's supposed to find at least $1.2 trillion in spending cuts.

The so-called supercommittee was flooded with advice yesterday from members of Congress.

The majority of the suggestions were from Democrats on 16 House committees run by Republicans. The advice was generally to create jobs, raise revenue, and avoid making damaging cuts to public works, health care and other programs that they say are key to an economic recovery.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats are "firmly committed to a deficit reduction plan that is big, bold and balanced." Republicans have generally said the panel should focus more directly on shrinking the debt than on creating jobs. But Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged this week that some job-creating ideas will likely be considered.

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