Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced yesterday that he will appoint Democratic Senators Patty Murray (Wash.), Max Baucus (Mont.) and John Kerry (Mass.) as “his three choices for a super committee charged with finding more than $1 trillion in spending cuts by the end of this year.”
Senator Murray will serve as the co-chair of the 12-member Super Committee panel. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) will select a “co-chair and two other panelists, as required by the debt limit agreement signed into law by President Barack Obama last week.”
Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell will each select three additional members.
“The Joint Select Committee has been charged with forging the balanced, bipartisan approach to deficit reduction that the American people, the markets and rating agencies like Standard and Poor’s are demanding,” Reid said in a statement. “To achieve that goal, I have appointed three senators who each posses an expertise in budget matters, a commitment to a balanced approach and a track record of forging bipartisan consensus.”
In a joint statement released yesterday, Kerry, Baucus and Murray said “they were serious about answering the call to “step beyond partisanship and politics” and achieve a “balanced, pragmatic and practical” solution to the soaring national debt.”
In related news, a new CNN poll shows that a majority support tax increases for the wealthy and “voters are more unhappy with the Republican Party now than they were when the Republican-led House voted to impeach then-President Clinton.”
All the squabbling over the debt ceiling has now clearly caused a “Grand Old Party Downgrade.”