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Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

August 11, 2011

12:45 Update:  The Wall Street Journal is reporting "Pelosi names Reps. Becerra, Clyburn and Van Hollen to debt panel."  Those Members and their scores have been added to the table.


Nine of the 12 members of the Joint Select Committe on Deficit Reduction have been announced.  The panel is charged with producing a plan to reduce federal spending by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years.  As we did with the Bowles-Simpson Commission, we take a look at the NTU Rates Congress scores of the panel's members to see how taxpayer-friendly the panel's recommendations might -- or might not -- be.

As with the Deficit Commission, Nancy Pelosi is the last one to make her selections. 


  Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and Their NTU Rates Congress Scores

Harry Reid's Selections
 Max Baucus (MT)
 John Kerry (MA)  F
 Patty Murray (WA)  F
Mitch McConnell's Selections  
 Jon Kyl (AZ)
 Rob Portman (OH)
 B (2004)
 Pat Toomey (PA)
 A (2004)
 Nancy Pelosi's Selections  
  Xavier Becerra (CA)
  James Clyburn (SC)
  Chris Van Hollen (MD)
John Boehner's Selections
 Dave Camp (MI)
 Jeb Hensarling (TX)
 Fred Upton (MI)
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Submitted by Hacksaw at: August 12, 2011
Ok. Our gov't is so broken! Does anyone know how to make a national referendum on implementing a flat tax?

Submitted by Ward)ffMonkey at: August 12, 2011
Oh God this is depressing. The dem leadership thinks putting its biggest spenders (I know that's an oxymoron) in charge of cost-cutting is really going to work? No, they just want to sabotage the whole committee to get those huge cuts in defense spending! They really do hate this country.