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Create deficit commission

Moderate Democratic lawmakers are pushing to tie a vote on raising the government's debt-ceiling to the creation of deficit-reduction commission. The commission, which would be similar to military base-closing commissions, would make proposals that Congress would have to accept or reject as a package with no amendments. Columnist David Broder supports the commission, though he thinks the odds are against its creation. "Because such a commission is likely to propose both cuts in popular entitlement programs and tax increases whenever the country comes out of the current recession," he wrote, "those members on the ballot next November, including Reid and Pelosi, would much rather avoid any discussion of such steps."