President Barack Obama will urge the 12-member congressional “supercommittee” to cut more than $1.5 trillion from 10-year spending plans, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

He will call on the committee “to overshoot its targets … and to do more deficit reduction and debt control,” Carney told reporters during an afternoon press conference.

This prediction by Carney was made as he described elements of the president’s Thursday evening speech to a joint session of Congress.

The 12-member committee was established by the August debt ceiling deal, and is slated to cut more $1.1 trillion from spending plans over the next decade.

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