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McConnell Appoints Kyl, Toomey, Portman, to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
Mitch McConnel's Official Website ^ | 08/10/2011

Posted on 08/10/2011 8:47:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday announced his appointments to the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction tasked with reducing the deficit by $1.5 trillion more than the cuts already identified in the Budget Control Act. McConnell appointed Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

“Chronic joblessness, out-of-control deficits and debt, and an unprecedented credit downgrade represent an historic challenge but also an historic opportunity for lawmakers in Washington to show they can work together on a plan that puts America back on the path to prosperity. All three of these appointees understand the gravity of our situation and all three will bring the kind of responsibility, creativity, and thoughtfulness that the moment requires. The American people know that we cannot dig ourselves out of this situation by nibbling around the edges, and I am confident that each of these nominees can be counted on to propose solutions that put the interests of all Americans ahead of any one political party.”

The bipartisan, bicameral select committee is a central part of the new Budget Control Act and is tasked with reducing the deficit by at least $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. The 12-member committee is equally divided among Senate Republicans, Senate Democrats, House Republicans and House Democrats. The panel must vote on legislation by November 23. Legislation reported from the committee will receive expedited consideration in both chambers and be voted on by December 23.

If the committee produces legislation that achieves $1.2 trillion or greater in savings and that legislation is enacted into law, the President would then have the authority to request a debt limit increase of an equal amount (subject to disapproval & veto), capped at $1.5 trillion. Should the committee fail to agree on legislation, or if that legislation is not passed and signed into law by the President, a sequester mechanism would trigger automatic cuts. However, the sequester was designed by both parties to create a strong incentive for the committee to succeed. Depending on the deficit reduction enacted by the Joint Committee, the total debt limit increase could be at least $2.1 trillion but not more than $2.4 trillion.

“My main criteria for selecting members was to identify serious, constructive senators who are interested in achieving a result that helps to get our nation’s fiscal house in order,” McConnell said. “That means reforming entitlement programs that are the biggest drivers of our debt, and reforming the tax code in a way that makes us more competitive and leads to more American jobs. The goal is to achieve a result that convinces Americans and the world that we’re committed as a nation to prosperity for all our citizens.”

Sen. Jon Kyl was elected unanimously by his colleagues in 2008 to serve as Republican Whip, the second highest position in Senate Republican leadership. He is a senior member of the Finance Committee and a leading advocate of pro-growth tax policies. Kyl is in his third term in the Senate after serving four terms in the House of Representatives. He was the Senate Republicans’ lead negotiator in the deficit reduction talks led by the Vice President over the summer.

Sen. Pat Toomey is a member of the Budget, Banking, Commerce and Joint Economic Committees and has been a leader on economic, financial services, and budgetary issues. Toomey is in his first term in the Senate after serving three terms in the House of Representatives. Sen. Toomey has run a small business and served as the president of The Club for Growth.

Sen. Rob Portman will be the only former Director of the Office of Management and Budget on the Joint Committee. He is a member of the Budget Committee and serves on the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management (Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee). Sen. Portman is in his first term in the Senate. He served in the House of Representatives from 1993 to 2005 when he became the U.S. Trade Representative. While serving in the House of Representatives, he served as Vice Chair of the House Budget Committee and as a member of the House Ways & Means Committee. In 1997, Portman co-chaired the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service with Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska.


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1 posted on 08/10/2011 8:47:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Kyl is a pretty good guy..but their is NO ACCOUNTABILITY for someone who has already announced his retirement..The other two are tops IMHO..


2 posted on 08/10/2011 8:50:17 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO! But he should WALK 3 miles every day..)
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To: SeekAndFind

These are GOOD appointments to an UNCONSTITUTIONAL committee.


3 posted on 08/10/2011 8:50:17 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: SeekAndFind

WHAT? No McCain??? Or is Kyl just McQueeg’s puppet?


4 posted on 08/10/2011 8:50:50 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (My God can't be bribed by money or good works or bound by manmade "covenants". Romney's can.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Kyl is a mistake. He used to be a pretty strong man, but lately he folds at the drop of the hat. Expect higher taxes thanks to Kyl.


5 posted on 08/10/2011 8:51:33 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: SeekAndFind

This select committee is a joke and will accomplish nothing.


6 posted on 08/10/2011 8:51:37 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good picks by McConnell. I was prepared for a lot worse. I would have liked to see one of the more articulate newer guys since these figures will get a lot of interview coverage, but these are good picks.


7 posted on 08/10/2011 8:52:45 AM PDT by ilgipper (political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: SeekAndFind

Rather seen DeMint, Rubio and Rand Paul.

Kyl concerns me since he is more or less a free agent given his announced retirement.


8 posted on 08/10/2011 8:52:48 AM PDT by IamConservative (Do peeps that drive Smart Cars on freeways have a death wish? If not, they better have spare undies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Shouldn’t somebody’s horse be appointed to this committee?


9 posted on 08/10/2011 8:52:59 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: ken5050

Baucus is retiring to so the Rats did the same thing. This makes me feel very uneasy.


10 posted on 08/10/2011 8:53:17 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: ken5050
The other two are tops IMHO..

Toomey I knew, he was a given. Good point on Kyl (although I've liked him in the past). Portman I don't know that much about, but if you couple him with Toomey, that's a strong recomendation.

11 posted on 08/10/2011 8:53:26 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: SeekAndFind
At least the Blunder Twins from Maine weren't appointed.
12 posted on 08/10/2011 8:53:50 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Repubs and Dems are arguing whether to pour 9 or 10 buckets of gasoline on a burning house.)
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To: IamConservative

One of those three should have been in it for sure.


13 posted on 08/10/2011 8:54:04 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: SeekAndFind

Toomey is a solid fiscal hawk. Kyl seems like an honest broker. What is Portman like? Is he solid?


14 posted on 08/10/2011 8:54:39 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Isn’t Portman the knucklehead who promoted the light bulb ban?


15 posted on 08/10/2011 8:54:39 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: KansasGirl

Baucus isn’t retiring..or did I miss that?


16 posted on 08/10/2011 8:55:53 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO! But he should WALK 3 miles every day..)
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To: ken5050
Kyl is a pretty good guy..but their is NO ACCOUNTABILITY for someone who has already announced his retirement

A semi-good choice, but like you said, there's no accountability with this pick! Toomey and Portman are strong!

17 posted on 08/10/2011 8:58:25 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: IamConservative

Agreed. Kyl is an UFA.


18 posted on 08/10/2011 8:58:30 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: KansasGirl

As far as I know, Baucus isn’t retiring, but is being challenged for his seat. Possibly by the current Montana governor.


19 posted on 08/10/2011 9:00:24 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Pining_4_TX
Isn’t Portman the knucklehead who promoted the light bulb ban?

No. That was Fred Upton, appointed by Boner to the congressional side of the committee.

20 posted on 08/10/2011 9:01:24 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: ken5050
Kyl is a pretty good guy..but their is NO ACCOUNTABILITY for someone who has already announced his retirement

Maybe he will not be afraid to do the right thing since he knows he's on his way out. Perhaps that's a better idea for a "super congress" (unconstitutional as such a thing is)...six people of some wisdom and character (admittedly tough to find on the democrat side) who have announced their retirement and agree to stay out of politics and lobbying for the remainder of their lives.

I'm just glad that McCain isn't on it. I'm sure he's grumbling about it at this very moment. Ha!
21 posted on 08/10/2011 9:01:31 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: SeekAndFind

terrible picks. he should have picked

Paul, Rubio and Vitter


22 posted on 08/10/2011 9:02:02 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: SeekAndFind
Decent cross-section of Senate Republicans, avoiding the left fringe:

Kyle - weak-kneed
Portman - establishment, understands budget
Toomey - pragmatic conservative

Better than Boehner's picks.

23 posted on 08/10/2011 9:02:32 AM PDT by Crichton
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To: IamConservative

Well, take heart in that no one is better than Toomey on these issues!


24 posted on 08/10/2011 9:02:57 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: All

If Congress decided America would henceforth be a monarchy, a lot of FReepers would start rooting for their favorite candidate.


25 posted on 08/10/2011 9:04:22 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Bushbacker1

Yeah, I’m wrong. I was getting him confused with someone else.


26 posted on 08/10/2011 9:07:06 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: LearsFool

so Kerry would have a front end?


27 posted on 08/10/2011 9:07:44 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: ken5050

No, you’re right. I was thinking of someone else.


28 posted on 08/10/2011 9:07:50 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: mosaicwolf
This select committee is a joke and will accomplish nothing.

And that is all that needs to be said.

29 posted on 08/10/2011 9:07:55 AM PDT by keat
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To: KansasGirl
Baucus is not retiring. If anything, he is a mistake by Reid. since he is from Montana (a red state) and running for reelection. Tester, the other Montana Senator is retiring.
30 posted on 08/10/2011 9:08:38 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving politicians more tax money is like giving addicts free drugs to cure their addiction)
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To: KansasGirl

Baucus is not up until 2014 and I have heard of no retirement announcement.


31 posted on 08/10/2011 9:08:47 AM PDT by mwl8787
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To: Bigun
These are GOOD appointments to an UNCONSTITUTIONAL committee.

I agree.

Of course with Kyl retiring, he scares me a bit.

32 posted on 08/10/2011 9:08:54 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (all your gold are belong to us)
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To: KansasGirl
Here's the FIRST Dem attack ad:

GOP special committee members - ALL rich middle aged white guys..NO women! NO minorities!

33 posted on 08/10/2011 9:10:50 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO! But he should WALK 3 miles every day..)
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To: MNJohnnie
Tester, the other Montana Senator is retiring.

Tester is not retiring either. But Denny Rehberg will defeat him in 2012.

34 posted on 08/10/2011 9:11:19 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (all your gold are belong to us)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sure they’ll all do their best to protect the continued existence of the Federal Reserve. Am I wrong?


35 posted on 08/10/2011 9:12:27 AM PDT by martian622 (The Revolution is being televised.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Tester is not retiring. He is up next year and facing GOP Rep Danny Rehberg. Perhaps you are thinking of Senator Kent Conrad, who is retiring next year.


36 posted on 08/10/2011 9:13:30 AM PDT by mwl8787
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To: Cicero

As Emily Latella (sp?) would say... “Never mind.” ;-)


37 posted on 08/10/2011 9:15:11 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: SeekAndFind

I now know the Republican House and Senate picks, and I know the Democrat Senate picks. Has there been Democrat House picks yet? If so can someone tell me who they are?


38 posted on 08/10/2011 9:15:11 AM PDT by Spunky (“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abh)
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To: wilco200
terrible picks. he should have picked

Paul, Rubio and Vitter

Yeah but now they get to lob grenades over the wall so it should be all good.

39 posted on 08/10/2011 9:15:40 AM PDT by keat
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To: SeekAndFind

Portman and Kyl voted YES on the debt-ceiling. Toomey was a NO.

I was hoping Mike Lee, UT, would be in there somewhere.


40 posted on 08/10/2011 9:17:23 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: wilco200

No, Rubio must be protected from this nonsense since he will be the next vp.

Toomey is a Tea Party fiscal hawk and covers for Rand Paul.

Portman is a solid pick because he is a former OMB Director and knows the budget inside out.

Kyl is the interface with all aspects of the GOP caucus as the minority whip.

These are solid choices.


41 posted on 08/10/2011 9:19:06 AM PDT by mwl8787
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To: SeekAndFind

Toomey and Portman aren’t up for election until 2016, Kyl’s retiring.

Not a serious bunch IMO.


42 posted on 08/10/2011 9:22:59 AM PDT by mrsmith
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To: All; SeekAndFind
American Conservative Union (ACU) lifetime ratings:

Sen. Jon Kyle (R-AZ) - 96.72

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) - 100 (House term rating)

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) - 88 (House term rating)

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) - 88.87

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) - 72.23 (92% in 2010)

Rep. Hensarling (R-TX) - 98.96 (100% in 2010)

43 posted on 08/10/2011 9:24:16 AM PDT by newzjunkey (an expired "Bush tax cut" is really an Obama Tax Increase.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I expected much worse so I guess I’ll be happy. At least Toomey is on there.


44 posted on 08/10/2011 9:27:45 AM PDT by Reagan is King
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To: Bigun

In what way do you think a committee can be “unconstitutional”?


45 posted on 08/10/2011 9:28:59 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: McGavin999

But if Kyl is planning on retiring, he has nothing to lose and may go back to the “strong man” position.


46 posted on 08/10/2011 9:29:32 AM PDT by Maryhere ("HE comes to rule the earth")
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To: Reagan is King
Upton was the inexcusable pick.

Ryan or Cantor should have got his spot.

47 posted on 08/10/2011 9:31:15 AM PDT by comebacknewt ((on second thought, never mind, go away again Newt))
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To: McGavin999

He picks a guys who is now UNACCOUNTABLE to the voters with no voter-anger leverage to hold him accountable! Utterly DISGUSTING!

McConnell needs to be REPLACED and VOTED OUT!


48 posted on 08/10/2011 9:33:42 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: ken5050

DO you know they are all rich? I mean, it’s a good guess as most senators are rich. And Reid’s picks were all white, although he did pick a female.


49 posted on 08/10/2011 9:34:01 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: SeekAndFind

KYL = 'THE FIX IS IN'


50 posted on 08/10/2011 9:34:47 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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