January 17, 2010 3:10 PM

A commission to tackle out-of-control federal spending?

This week the Senate is expected to vote on a bold proposal to discipline out-of-control federal spending, but it's not expected to pass, even though most members of Congress know that failure to act eventually will endanger the nation. The proposal would create a powerful bipartisan commission that would make deficit-cutting recommendations that Congress would have to vote on before Christmas.

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