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As part of ongoing negotiations over whether or not to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, Republican and Democratic leaders are floating the idea of a “Super Congress,” a special committee comprised of members of both the House and Senate and both parties.

The panel, pushed by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, would have special powers not present in the Constitution.

According to Britain’s Daily Mail, legislation approved by the proposed committee would move quickly through both chambers and could not be amended by lawmakers by casting an up or down vote.

The group would be a 12-member panel, consisting of six members each from the Republican and Democratic Party.

House Speaker John Boehner has reportedly made a Super Congress a priority, according to several news agencies.

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