Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., was among seven GOP senators who had sponsored legislation to create an independent debt-reduction commission, then voted against it this week. Brownback and others supported the idea before it was associated with President Obama. Republicans also fear the commission would end up recommending tax increases to reduce the deficit — a radioactive idea for Republicans trying to cater to conservative voters. Co-sponsor of the failed bill, Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., called the outcome "yet another indication that Congress is more concerned with the next election than the next generation." Meanwhile, Brownback has introduced legislation to create the Commission on Accountability and Review of Federal Agencies.