Last week the House and Senate leadership named the 12 members of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction as called for by the Budget Control Act of 2011 that was signed into law on August 2, 2011.The bi-partisan, bi-cameral “Super Congressional Committee” charged with the task of identifying an additional $1.2 trillion in budget reductions through spending cuts or revenue measures over the next 10 years. If agreement is reached, these measures must be voted straight up or down in the house and senate by December 23, 2011, a very fast tract.
Senators named to the committee include: Max Baucus (D-MT), chair of the Senate Finance Committee; Patty Murray (D-WA), incoming chair of the Senate Budget Committee; John Kerry (D-MA), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Jon Kyl R-AZ), Senate Republican Whip, and freshmen Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Rob Portman (R-OH).
Congressmen named to the committee include: Fred Upton (R-MI) chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; Dave Camp (R-MI) chair of the House Ways and Means Committee; Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chair of the House Republican Conference; Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), ranking member of the House Budget Committee, Jim Clyburn (D-SC), member of the House Democratic Leadership; and Xavier Becerra (D-CA), vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, senior most Hispanic Member of the House.
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