House Democrats warn supercommittee against cuts

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democrats are telling Congress' supercommittee that its efforts to control the national debt must include job creation and higher revenues while avoiding damaging cuts to domestic and defense programs.

Ahead of a Friday deadline for submitting advice to the supercommittee, top Democrats on House panels have written letters with their recommendations. While some propose specific savings such as boosting government fees on financial firms, many of them emphasize the need to protect programs that keep the economy strong, such as public works construction, education and health initiatives.

Republicans and Senate committees will be sending additional letters to the supercommittee over the next two days. The panel is charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the coming decade.