MPR News: Ellison and allies want “Super Committee” to focus on jobs

Keith Ellison and other House progressives want the so-called Congressional “Super Committee” that’s supposed to find major deficit savings to also focus on job creation.

The DFL Congressman asked the committee’s co-chairs, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), to hold public hearings on how Congress can energize the job market rather than simply focusing on making cuts to social programs.

“The Republican Cut, Crash and Bust approach to the economy is failing, and we need to change course as soon as possible,” Ellison said in a statement. “We need to focus on job creation so we can put America back to work and avoid a double dip recession.”

Ellison argued that reducing unemployment, currently above nine percent, will cut the deficit by strengthening the economy.

Ellison, along with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus. With more than 70 House members in its ranks, the group is a powerful voting bloc within the Democratic House minority.

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