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Deficit Commission Fails

December 3, 2010

Pres. Obama's deficit commission did not win the 14 votes necessary to pass its plan Friday -- dealing the administration a significant setback in its efforts to trim the country's deficit.

The commission needed 14 votes to be automatically sent to Congress for consideration.

Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles (D) and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) secured 11 votes. Seven of the 18 members said they did not support the plan.

Here's the whip count:

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.)
Honeywell CEO David Cote
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
Ex-Young & Rubicam Brands CEO Ann Fudge
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.)
Former CBO Dir. Alice Rivlin
Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.)

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.)
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
Former SEIU pres. Andy Stern
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.)

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