Political Buzz US Economy in Crisis August 11, 2011: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Makes Final Three Picks for the Congressional Super Committee; 12 Member Panel the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction is Complete

POLITICAL BUZZ

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

 

112TH CONGRESS

On Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named the last three House Democrats to the “Super Committee,” the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Choices:
Rep. James E. Clyburn (South Carolina)
Rep. Xavier Becerra (California)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Maryland)

    • Pelosi names final members to debt supercommittee: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s appointment Thursday of three Democrats to Congress’ new debt-reduction supercommittee completes the roster of a panel whose members are already being tugged in competing directions.
      Pelosi selected Reps. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina and Xavier Becerra of California, who both are members of the party’s House leadership, and Maryland’s Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the Budget Committee. The choices bring racial diversity to the supercommittee because Clyburn is black and Becerra is Hispanic…. – AP, 8-11-11
    • Guide to the Super Committee: The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — otherwise known as the “super committee” — is charged with putting a plan forward to cut at least $1.5 trillion from the U.S. deficit.
      Republican and Democratic congressional leaders were charged with picking the panel of 12, split evenly between the two parties. If the committee’s plan does not pass by a Thanksgiving deadline, automatic spending cuts of $1.2 trillion will go into effect…. – PBS Newshour, 8-11-11
    • Who’s who on Congress’s debt ‘super committee’: Congress has created a special super committee to find at least $1.2 trillion in US budget cuts. If the plan is voted down, automatic spending cuts are slated to occur. Here are the 12 lawmakers named to the super committee…. – CS Monitor, 8-11-11
    • Pelosi names party stalwarts to debt panel: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday announced the last three appointees to Congress’ Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, whose task to save $1.5 trillion over the next decade was already hard and now looks to get harder…. – SF Chronicle, 8-11-11
    • Super committee lineup finalized: Congress finalized the lineup of its super committee on deficit reduction Thursday, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) named Reps. Jim Clyburn, Chris Van Hollen and Xavier Becerra to the 12-member panel…. – Politico, 8-11-11
    • Deficit: The swirling political pressures on the Gang of 12: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has named the final three members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — known in some circles as the “super committee” — and they’re all current or former members of the Democratic … – LAT, 8-11-11
    • Pelosi picks last names for debt ‘super-committee’: The House Democratic leader has named the final three members to a bipartisan “super-committee” tasked with finding a way out of the US debt crisis. Nancy Pelosi’s picks fill out the 12-member panel, split between Democrats and Republicans. … – BBC News, 8-11-11
    • Pelosi’s Picks Round Out Deficit Reduction Super Committee: Pelosi chose Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (South Carolina), the third-ranking member of House Democratic Leadership, Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Xavier Becerra (Calif.), and Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (Maryland). … – ABC News, 8-11-11
    • Super Congress: The Team Is Complete!: At long last, three Democrats from the House answered the old bridge troll’s questions correctly and have been admitted into that most hallowed institution, the Super Congress, which will save America from destruction…. – WSJ, 8-11-11
    • Interpreting the Deficit Supecommittee Selections: All Hope Is Not Lost: Now that House minority leader Nancy Pelosi has named Reps. Chris Van Hollen, Jim Clyburn and Xavier Becerra last three members of the “super-committee” tasked under the debt limit deal…. – Time, 8-11-11
    • Debt-panel picks spell likely entitlement fight: Entitlement programs are set to be an especially tough battlefield in the work of the new deficit-cutting congressional “super committee,” whose remaining members were named Thursday. … – CBS MarketWatch, 8-11-11

Congressional Republican leaders Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Mitch McConnell name their Republican choices for the 12 person Congressional “Super Committee,” the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction that will be in charge of determining the $1.5 Trillion in budget cuts over the next 10 years. Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid named three Democratic Senators to the committee on Tuesday. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be naming the final three Democratic House Representatives to the committee by Tuesday, August 16, 2011.

Super Committee Co-Chairs:
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington)

Speaker John Boehner House Choices:
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas)
Rep. Dave Camp (Michigan)
Rep. Fred Upton (Michigan)

Republican Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell Senate Choices:
Sen. Jon Kyl (Arizona)
Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)
Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (Pennsylvania)

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Choices:
Sen. Max Baucus (Montana)
Sen. John Kerry (Massachusetts)
Sen. Patty Murray (Washington)

“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. 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. — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

“The Majority Leader and I are committed to a regular order process, as outlined in the law, so that all members and committees will have input as this Joint Committee does its work. And from the conversations I’ve had with the other leaders of both parties, I can tell you there’s a strong commitment to having open hearings and a public process.” — Speaker John Boehner

“The simple truth is that if our budget was law today, it’s unlikely anyone would be talking about the United States being downgraded today. S&P said in its own report Friday that entitlement reform is the key to long-term financial stability. We passed a budget through the House in April that includes entitlement reform, and cuts more than $6 trillion. The Democrat-controlled Senate and President Obama have prevented most of those reforms have happening, and that’s why we have a downgrade.” — Speaker John Boehner

“The selections to the super committee all have an eye toward politics and the 2012 election. All of the members selected are serious legislators, but also members who will have no problem protecting their party’s base … These selections do give the committee the ability to develop the savings required in the debt deal, but I still believe it is unlikely we get the grand bargain. — FBR Capital Markets policy analyst Ed Mills in a reference to presidential and congressional elections in November of next year.

  • Six Republicans Named to Deficit Panel: The top Republicans in the House and the Senate appointed six more lawmakers on Wednesday to the bipartisan committee that is supposed to recommend steps to reduce federal budget deficits by at least $1.5 trillion over 10 years…. The panel, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, is supposed to come up with recommendations by Nov. 23…. – NYT, 8-10-11
  • Debt panel members prompt doubts: A conservative Texas Republican congressman has been chosen by House Speaker John Boehner to co-chair a powerful new committee tasked to find a bipartisan plan to slash the federal budget deficit by over $1 trillion…. – AP, 8-10-11
  • Six Republicans named to deficit super panel: Republicans named six members on Wednesday to a U.S. congressional deficit-reduction super committee that was set up to seek bipartisan agreement on taxes and government spending.
    The panel is known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and was established to find $1.5 trillion in additional budget savings over 10 years, but markets have been looking for signs that it may be able to do even more…. – Reuters, 8-10-11
  • Deficit panel will have GOP chairmen, freshmen: Republican leaders in Congress today chose a mix of party leaders, veteran committee chairmen and newcomers to serve on the special committee that will try to find another $1.5 trillion to cut from budget deficits…. – USA Today, 8-10-11
  • McConnell, Boehner Announce Super Committee Picks: Republican Congressional leaders announced Wednesday their selections for the powerful Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction charged with putting a plan forward to cut at least $1.5 trillion from the deficit, following Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s selection announcement Monday…. – PBS Newshour, 8-10-11
  • Republicans reveal picks for debt “super committee”: Republican leaders in the House and the Senate today announced their appointees to the 12-member, bipartisan congressional “super committee” charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings by Thanksgiving…. – CBS News, 8-10-11
  • John Boehner and Mitch McConnell’s super committee picks: The top Republican congressional leaders have appointed six members to the deficit reduction “super committee,” naming a half dozen lawmakers with conservative policy credentials to make up the GOP half of the panel charged reducing the deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade…. – Politico, 8-10-11
  • Republican Super Congress Members: No Ryan, No Freshmen: Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have announced their selections of Republicans to staff the “Super Congress” mandated by the debt limit deal, and neither Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan nor any House freshmen members were chosen…. – American Spectator, 8-10-11
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