WASHINGTON - APRIL 27: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (4th L) speaks as he greets members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, including co-chairs Erskine Bowles (3rd L) and Alan Simpson (5th L), in the Roosevelt Room at the White House April 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. The commission was holding its first formal meeting to hear remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, OMB Director Peter Orszag, and Former OMB Directors Robert Reischauer and Rudolph Penner. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Yesterday, the Power of A shared that the president’s deficit commission panel is considering a number of ways to balance the budget by 2015.  However, with time running out until their December 1 deadline for recommendations, there are doubts as to whether the commission can complete its work on time.

Last week the commission’s executive director, Bruce Reed, said the panel will meet next month but that lawmakers are not set to come back to Washington until November 15, so a scheduled November 10 meeting may not take place.  “Congress is not going to be in town, so we’re wrestling with that question,” he told the Bureau of National Affairs. “We’ll have more public meetings but I just don’t know if we’ll have one that day.”

The panel will need 14 of its 18 members to agree on recommended action.