LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A panel of Congressional legislators tasked with cutting trillions from the U.S. deficit held their first public hearing Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) is one of the participants of the Congressional “super-committee” that was created to cut as much as $2 trillion from the nation’s ballooning budget deficit.

The 12-member panel — which has so far reportedly made very little progress — faces a deadline next month to reach a deal on how to tackle the soaring U.S. unemployment rate while still looking to restore the country’s overall fiscal health.

Bass told KNX 1070 it comes down to what Americans want most: a paycheck.

“The way to get us out of this is we have to create jobs,” Bass said. “The focus of the super-committee — in addition to cutting and looking at revenue — has to be in the context of getting more jobs.”

But with calls coming from both sides of the political aisle to trim spending at a time when millions of Americans are out of work, Bass said the panel must move forward toward dual objectives.

“The main thing is calling for a balanced approach so that you can’t resolve the deficit through cuts alone, you have to have some revenue,” she said.

Despite the looming deadline in November, committee members still expect to come up with a deal and have pledged a full commitment to finding a solution.

Comments (7)
  1. Ron says:

    Well now that I know KAREN BASS is on this SUPER committee, their success is DOOMED for certain. She is the biggest TWO-FACED LIAR in politics. She has shown here in California, that her ONLY priorities are RAISE TAXES, give the UNION everything they want and to HELL with the taxpayers or non-union unemployed.

    She is one of the first politicians that NEEDS to be RECALLED or VOTED OUT of office, first chance we get.

  2. Jim says:

    “You have to have revenue”. What kind of statement is that? She makes it sound like there currently are no taxes coming in at all. NO, LISTEN AGAIN KAREN, CUT SPENDING!!! That is what the committee is tasked with, just do your job or we’ll get someone else who will.

    1. Ron says:

      Jim you are correct, but you must not be familiar with her history. We DO NEED to get SOMEONE ELSE !!!

  3. Hardmoney says:

    And you wonder why that N-word hasn’t disappeared from my vocabulary!

  4. Tom says:

    What a bunch of bigoted nitwits. It’s people like you who have nearly ruined this country. To quote Oliver Wendell Holmes (yes, I know, you’ll have to look him up) “Taxes are the price of civilization.” .But civilization is meaningless to the likes of you. Take your guns and your ignorance and go move to a place where there is no civilization. If they will let you in, of course.

    1. Ron says:

      ” But civilization is meaningless to the likes of you. Take your guns and your ignorance and go move to a place where there is no civilization. If they will let you in, of course”

      TOM, what the HELL are you trying to say and who are you responding to?
      If YOU are saying KAREN BASS and her co-criminals need more of our taxpayer money, then YOU are the IGNORANT one. And where did you see guns?
      We pay more than our share of taxes and Karen Bass, Obama and the Democrats continue to waste our money; i.e. MORE than a Half a BILLION dollars on Solyndra (” Two months before Obama’s visit, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP warned that Solyndra, the recipient of $535 million in federal loan guarantees, had financial troubles deep enough to “raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.” ).
      Tom, if you are NOT familiar with that HUGE waste of our taxpayer money, then look it up.

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