Budget experts from both political parties warned at a Business Roundtable forum on Tuesday that the congressional Super Committee preparing for its first meeting later this week needs a long-term vision that goes beyond cutting $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit over the next decade.
“These guys have only a 10-year window. They can get $1.2 trillion fairly easily. But don’t think that’s success,” said Alice Rivlin, founding director of the Congressional Budget Office and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “Success is putting in place longer-term reforms that are going to stabilize the debt… it means a lot more than $1.2 trillion, and it means ultimately what would come out of this would be more like $4 trillion or $5 trillion.”