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A week after the dramatic passage of the Budget Control Act, Republican leaders have officially announced their picks for the highly anticipated bipartisan super committee charged with cutting over $1 trillion from the federal deficit.
From the House of Representative, Speaker John Boehner has selected:
- House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX)
- House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI)
- House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (MI)
Congressman Hensarling is also to serve as a co-chair of the joint committee.
And from the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has selected:
- Senator Pat Toomey (PA)
- Senator Rob Portman (OH)
- Senator Jon Kyl (AZ)
Speaker Boehner issued the following statement in regards to the appointments:
Our debt and deficits are a threat to our economy, and America cannot achieve long-term job growth until we take action to address this crisis. In the weeks ahead, a serious, bipartisan committee of lawmakers will begin the hard but necessary work of making the tough choices needed to rein in mandatory and entitlement spending, which are the drivers of our debt. The lawmakers I have appointed to serve on this joint committee are proven leaders who have earned the trust and confidence of their colleagues and constituents. They understand the gravity of our debt crisis and I appreciate their willingness to serve on this panel.
The two parties have fundamental differences about government and its proper role in our society. Where we've been able to agree, we have acted, and in a way consistent with the American people’s desire for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government. Still, the differences remain, and so does the urgent work of returning our economy to creating jobs and lifting the crushing burden of debt that threatens our children’s future. This joint committee presents an opportunity for both parties to bring to the table their best ideas, debate them on the merits, and ultimately come together to do what’s best for our country. With all that’s at stake, I expect that the joint select committee will conduct its work in the open and transparent manner the American people deserve.
The six Republicans will join Democratic Senators Patty Murray (WA), Max Baucus (MT) and John Kerry (MA) on the committee. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to announce her selections shortly.