Deficit Committee: House Minority Leader Selects Members for the Panel; Possible the Leadership Will Work Secretly to Drop Plan for Final Consideration

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi selected Reps. Xavier Becerra, James Clyburn, and Chris Van Hollen for the congressional Deficit Committee.

I think given the composition of the committee (the leadership selected their representatives to the panel), if it is to work the leadership will have to continue their talks with the President in secret. This way they could work on a “fait accompli” plan for consideration of the so-called super-committee. The last thing any leader would want is for their subordinates to come up with a passable plan when the leadership could not.

I further think the leadership will develop the plan and drop it to the committees as stipulated in the Budget Control Act.

Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

Selections of Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader

Nominee

Net Worth (2009)

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) $13,013 to $204,000
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) $182,755,534 to $294,869,059
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) $449,017 to $1,185,000

Source: www.opensecrets.org.

Selections of Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader

Nominee

Net Worth (2009)

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) $519,090 to $746,082
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) $5,544,075 to $17,468,999
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) $1,770,062 to $4,900,999

Source:  www.opensecrets.org.

Selections of House Speaker John Boehner

Nominee

Net Worth (2009)

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) $2,966,100 to $10,515,000
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) $928,025 to $2,270,000
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) $7,010,173 to $25,651,000

Source:  www.opensecrets.org.

Selections of Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader

Nominee

Net Worth (2009)

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) $100,054 to $1,424,999
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) $212,010 to $582,000
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) $148,007 to $445,000

Source:  www.opensecrets.org.

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