The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction is entering the crucial stage in its efforts to identify at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction before the Nov. 23 deadline. While the Committee has held only two public hearings to date, it has been meeting in private. The Committee has not released any details on the private meetings, nor have they scheduled a public meeting for this week. With nearly eight weeks until the deadline for producing a plan, the pressure is on the Members of the Committee to work through the multitude of potential policies such as tax reforms, entitlement changes, and other policies that could be considered. Created as part of legislation to increase the debt limit in August, the Committee is charged with proposing deficit reduction strategies through spending cuts, revenue increases, or a combination of both. Learn more about the Budget Control Act and how it may affect funding for entitlement programs and discretionary disability-related programs.