Reid appoints three to deficit committee
August 9th, 2011
06:27 PM ET

Reid appoints three to deficit committee

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on Tuesday the three Democratic senators he'll send to the congressional committee tasked with drafting a long-term solution to the nation's mounting federal deficits.

Sens. Patty Murray of Washington state, Max Baucus of Montana, and John Kerry of Massachusetts will serve on the panel. Reid chose Murray to co-chair the committee, Reid said in a statement.

Under the debt ceiling deal passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama last week, a panel of 12 legislators - six Democrats and six Republicans, equally divided between the House and Senate - will try to work out $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction after an initial round of more than $900 billion in spending cuts.

Congressional leaders have until August 16 to appoint members to the committee, which is required to complete its work by November 23. Congress then has until December 23 to vote on the proposal, with no amendments permitted.

The Republican Senate appointments to the committee, and both the Republican and Democratic House appointments, have yet to be announced.

A simple majority on the panel - seven of 12 members - is needed to approve whatever package it comes up with, meaning it will take a lone member of either party to push something through by voting with the other side. The committee's proposal would then need a simple majority in each chamber of Congress to make it to Obama's desk.

Murray is the Senate Democratic Conference secretary. Baucus is Senate Finance Committee chairman. Kerry is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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    The republicans have killed our country in the name of profit.

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    • Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "Hey Pedro"

      Hey Pedro, do you have a job? Do you work for a living? Because if you do, whoever you work for has to "make a profit", in order to pay you any type of salary, regardless if you do menial labor, skilled labor, or some type of management position. Without profiting, we as a society do not grow. Please explain how you feel it's the Republicans that are "killing" this country. I want to know why I have worked my ass off, since I was 11 years old, just to pay in to someones utopian socialist care system?

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    • Lyndsie Graham

      You just nailed it, Pedro. Thank you and just ignore these uneducated lemmings here. After all, they too have a right to their opinions no matter how wrong they are!!!

      August 10, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. joeinalabama

    I understand the Demos have a plan to increase revenue without raising taxes, they are going to close loop holes. Take away the interest deductions on home loans, make IRAs and 401s gains taxable, tax employer health benefits as income, do away with the state tax deduction, is part of the list.
    Of course this isn't a tax increase, just closing loop holes.

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    Let’s examine this…. Democracy is the freedom given to the people to finance capitalism; capitalism creates wealth for governments to flourish. How to take down Capitalism? THE US HAS TWO MAJOR PARTY SYSTEM AND ONE INDIPENDENT. THIS SYSTEM PLAYS THIS ROLE…. KEEPS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BELEAVE THAT DEMOCRACY WORKS FOR THEM… BY PLACING THEM INTO BEDBTS UP TO THEIR EYE BALLS, THIS CREATES AN ECONOMIC PUPULATIONS OF SLAVES WHOM WEST THEIR WHOLE LIFE PAYING FOR IT.

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    Really.
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  7. Pentabyte

    The real problem with our spending is baseline budgeting. This guarantees that the budget goes up every year. What we need is zero based budgeting.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
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  9. George Patton

    No matter who get's appointed to the deficit committee, we'll end up with the same bla-bla-bla as before. More military spending, a continuation of all these useless wars, more tax breaks to the rich plus further reductions in Medicare and Social Security, all of this giving us an even greater deficit. Such is the obvious limitations of those lame brains in Congress!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
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    Ok, so Max Bacus is bad news, I'm reading! Luckily for me & my family we still have our Swedish citizenships! It's our backup plan in the case of plutocratic takeover of US & looks like we might need to excercize it soon!!

    August 10, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. justj joey

    Man, is Harry Reid out of touch with what is happening in this country! Murray, the bigbuckraiser for the Demoncrats....Baucus, who got caught with his waiver down with the sham of democracy in action which gave us the big boondoggle called "obamacare"........and Kerry?.....we all remember Kerry from days of yore! Good going, Harry........adding to your resume for a good paying casino job at home.

    August 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jj

    Obomba: debt man walking loves to blame a man that waS in office two and a half years ago. what a loser! Take responsibility for your pathetic and incompetant presidency! one term president THANK GOD!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. conan

    WHY DO WE EVEN NEED A SUPER COMMITTEE TO MAKE A BUDGET IN THE FIRST PLACE THIS SHOULD HAVE DONE BY CONGRESS .... REID IN THE SENATE TABLED TWO BILLS WITH NO UP AND DOWN VOTE AND OBAMA HAD 7 MONTHS TO MAKE A WRITTEN PLAN AND HAD NONE , NO HE SAYS HE WILL ONLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUPPER COMMITTEE ... WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP IN AMERICA , ANSER IS WE HAVE NONE .. THERE SHOULD BE NO SUPPER COMMITTE TO SOLVE THE BUDGET ,,, THIS IS PURE BULL CRAP COMING FROM REID AND OBAMA ... THERE HEADING AMERICA RIGHT INTO HELL IN A HAND BASKET .. THIS IS A JOKE ! WE CANT WATE TILL 2012 AND GET RIGHT OF THIS PHONY CORRUPT CRIMINALS OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE ONES IN THE SENATE WHO HAVE HELD AMERICA 3 YEARS WITH OUT A BALANCED BUDGET , WITH REID AND KERRY LEADING THE SHOW ... HOLD AMERICA HOSTAGE TO JUST SPPEND AND SPEND AND SPEND WITH NO TRANSPARECY OR ACCOUNTABILITY , WHERES THE HONESTY , GO WITH THE WIND ?

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