The supercommittee developed a roster but never nailed down any agreements, said an aide to a GOP panel member. If the panel had decided to "go big," more could have been asked of, say, federal workers or companies with underfunded pension plans. More controversial approaches such as curbing student loan subsidies also might have made it onto the agenda.The failure of the supercommittee meant that some of the ideas â¿¿ particularly the less controversial ones â¿¿ were left vulnerable for plucking by lawmakers, not for deficit reduction but as ways to pay for new spending on things like highways, student loan subsidies and jobless benefits.
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