As of Saturday, this was the main sticking point between the two parties: How little confidence does Congress have in itself? Both parties want a bipartisan panel of legislators to find ways to reduce the deficit. But they disagree on how to force themselves to listen to the panel’s ideas. Republicans have insisted that the next big debt-ceiling increase be delayed until the commission’s ideas become law. They also want a constitutional amendment to keep future sessions of Congress in line.

Source: Staff reports | By Rosalind S. Halderman and Laura Stanton/The Washington Post July 30, 2011
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