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Despite failing to get 14 votes, deficit commission optimistic


President Obama's deficit-reduction commission just adjourned and was unable to get the 14 votes (out of 18) necessary to force Congress to vote on its proposal.

But with more than a majority backing the proposal, commission members said they were optimistic Congress could still tackle deficit reduction along the lines the proposal recommended. "We should not let this proposal fall by the wayside," said GOP Sen. Mike Crapo, who supported it. "We have shown that we can get a supermajority to pass this kind of legislation."

Said co-chair Alan Simpson, a former GOP senator: "I will walk home proudly, with my head held high."