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Skip to comments.Source: Democrats Murray, Baucus, Kerry on Super Committee
Posted on 08/09/2011 2:53:40 PM PDT by RummyChick
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington, Max Baucus of Montana, and John Kerry of Massachusetts to the new super committee tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction by November 23, according to a senior Democratic aide familiar with Reids decision, which is expected to be made public as early as Wednesday.
Additionally, Murray is expected to co-chair the committee, officially named the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, along with a still unnamed House Republican. A spokesman for Reid did not respond to a request for comment.
Reids decision to tap Murray will likely be met with scrutiny, as she is also chairing the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the 2012 election cycle. But she is also a member of leadership, a senior member of the Budget Committee, and a woman on what is likely to be a male-dominated committee.
Baucus is chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee with jurisdiction over many areas, including entitlement programs, that the committee is expected to examine. Kerry, meanwhile, was selected for his stature and Senate tenure.
The remaining nine lawmakers have yet to be announced. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., each must name three members to the panel by August 16.
The panel will need at least seven of the 12 lawmakers to vote on a final proposal by Thanksgiving in order to fast-track it through both chambers and send it to President Obama by December 23. If the panel deadlocks along partisan lines, it would trigger across-the-board cuts for both defense and non-defense spending.
didn’t john kerry serve in cambodia?
Joke of the day. They could not find their way out of a paper baag.
Those three couldn’t find their ass with both hands.
Wow. We will have our triple A rating in no time with these three geniuses in charge. A drunk, a gigolo and an incompetent. Swell.
That Super Committee was one of the dumbest things the Party of Stupid ever agreed to.
McConnell’s idea to give Obama authority to raise the debt ceiling was another dumb idea.
If the GOP picks one tax increaser for the committee, they commit suicide.
Crapo, Chambliss and Coburn are all tax increasers.
so who is up for the Republican side.
Mccain, Graham and...
they might not pick Graham since he recently sided with Demint.
Senator Murray???? Isn’t she the one who is yearly voted as the stupidest senator?
Let me guess the gop members: snow, mccain and gram.
Murray was my senator when I lived in WA state. Genius!/ sarc to the max
The really stupid, the arrogant...and not sure what to call Bachus.
This was a really bad idea.
Well, they WILL all be together at the same time.
Yep, one of my “esteemed” Senators from Washington State.
I presume she was chosen because she will do what she is told by Senator Reid.
No - they cancelled the vote and instead decided to award it to her in perpetuity because she was going to win it anyways.
Three ass clowns no one here would let walk their dogs are half of the “super group” who are going to get us out of this financial mess?
We are oh so screwed.
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