McConnell makes debt committee picks
August 10th, 2011
11:28 AM ET
3 years ago

McConnell makes debt committee picks

(CNN) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday named Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio as his three Senate GOP picks for the special congressional committee that will negotiate further deficit reduction steps.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission • Mitch McConnell • Republicans
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  1. Huubris

    I wonder how many "factual statements" will come from Sen. Kyl?

    August 10, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    ENOUGH with the committees already!! Everybody knows this will all end up in a deadlock and be a huge waste of time.

    If the Democrats refuse to cut spending on anything, then cut spending on EVERYTHING. 1% cut across the board this year, 2% next year, 3% the third year, 4%.... and keep doing it until spending matches TAXES taken in. (They are NOT "revenues"!!)

    August 10, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is good to include Kyl, as he never intends his comments to be factual, and that fits right in the the GOP's attempt to destroy America.

    August 10, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    Everybody knows this will all end up in a deadlock and be a huge waste of time.
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    I agree. This will end up in a deadlock, just as McConnell predicted it would.
    Conservatism is an ideology that endorses supply side economics, among other things.
    Terrorism is an ideology that endorses hostage taking, among other things.

    August 10, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Bill from GA

    Here's an idea: let's return spending and taxes, relative to GDP, to the level of 2000, the last time we were paying down our debt.

    August 10, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    I am actually pleased with Harry Reid's choice of Max Baucus. Baucus voted for the Bush tax cuts in 2001.
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    That makes you one of the rare conservatives who likes the Baucus pick. Most feel Baucus has a conflict of interest because of his work with the Affordable Care Act, a spin which ignores the fact that he is chair of the finance committee.

    August 10, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "What is Obama doing, he need to get on with the most massive modernization of America infrastructure. He need to dare the repugs to stop him from modernizing this country, get the congress out their selling this massive renovations. Go to the people and try to show them your point of view. "
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    Talking point taken directly from Chris Matthews. Almost verbatim. The DNC is obviously not paying their minions enough. Absolutely priceless!

    August 10, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Indy

    ENOUGH with the committees already!! Everybody knows this will all end up in a deadlock and be a huge waste of time.

    Wow I actually lean towards agreement with day of Recon on first part of statement. Second part not so much because Democrats have obviously not refused to cut spending and are not refusing cuts, that simply is not true. Boehner and the Tea Party got 98% of what they wanted and the Boehner/Tea Party deal has less spending cuts then Obamas 4 trillion in cuts offer, that the Tea Party refused

    August 10, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    What a joke kyl? Mr 98% means the same as 3% olanned parenthood? That kyl? Is turtleman praying that nobody remembers what some of these have said before? Gooc luck!

    August 10, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Terrorism is an ideology that endorses hostage taking, among other things.
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    Democrat terrorism is trying the destroy the country through massive debt and over spending. They have held the taxpayer hostage for far too long. Taxpayers have now broken free and are fighting Democrat terrorism through the Tea Party. Freedom from the tyranny of Democrat terrorism will prevail in 2012, as it did in 2010.

    August 10, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. FM

    Each party should also chose 2 experts and join the super committee. Senators alone without finance expertise will not produced the anticipated results.

    August 10, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "This will end up in a deadlock, just as McConnell predicted it would."

    This will end up in a deadlock, just as the GOP plans it to.

    Fixed.

    August 10, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    "What is Obama doing, he need to get on with the most massive modernization of America infrastructure. He need to dare the repugs to stop him from modernizing this country, get the congress out their selling this massive renovations. Go to the people and try to show them your point of view. "
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    I doubt China is on board with lending us all this money since they think we're living beyond our means! And I do believe Obama and the clueless Democrats learned the hard way there is no such thing as a "shovel ready" project!

    Besides, how many construction workers do you think this country has??? You gonna force 40-60 year old unemployed office workers out to build bridges and pave roads?

    It is truley amazing how many totally clueless people there are in this country. Unfortunately too many of them have found their way into high level government positions, INCLUDING the Whitehouse!!

    August 10, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    "Each party should also chose 2 experts and join the super committee. Senators alone without finance expertise will not produced the anticipated results."
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    Aside from the questionable constitutionality of this "super committee", the addition of non-elected persons is clearly a hairbrained idea.

    August 10, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. A real American

    High taxes aren't the problem: they're at a historic low. 30 years of stagnant wages under the failed trickledown ideology is the problem. Unregulated capitalism has failed by choking off demand in the name of profit.

    August 10, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Dave Harris

    I wonder if they have to take an "oath", as Republicans are so fond of doing, to not stop this time until they've completely wrecked the economy. We're almost there now. For some strange reason, they think people will vote for them if they destroy the country.

    August 10, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. fred

    For republicans, these are good picks. Kyl is retiring, and Toomey and Portman were just elected. Chances are, this will be a heated debate, and therefore cause negativity to form around these politicians. But, because they're not up for election any time soon, it won't hurt them.

    August 10, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Aside from the questionable constitutionality of this "super committee", the addition of non-elected persons is clearly a hairbrained idea."

    There is nothing unconstitutional about Congress setting up a committee like this and agreeing to procedures that will allow it to facilitate legislation getting passed. NOTHING.

    August 10, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    "There is nothing unconstitutional about Congress setting up a committee like this and agreeing to procedures that will allow it to facilitate legislation getting passed. NOTHING."
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    As long as whatever comes out of it is non-binding.

    August 10, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    ""There is nothing unconstitutional about Congress setting up a committee like this and agreeing to procedures that will allow it to facilitate legislation getting passed. NOTHING."
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    As long as whatever comes out of it is non-binding."
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    If they agree on something, it has to be voted on. If they don't agree on something or if Congress fails to pass what they agree on, then it triggers cuts that were already voted on. What's your boggle?

    August 10, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Cosmo

    Another exercise in futility. Does such a thing exist as a Republican moderate? a Republican statesman? McConnel and Boehner are just adding to the frustration of the majority of Americans who want spending cuts (including corporate welfare and tax loopholes) and increases in revenue and the GOP will pay dearly in 2012 for its tactics.

    August 10, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    High taxes aren't the problem: they're at a historic low. 30 years of stagnant wages under the failed trickledown ideology is the problem. Unregulated capitalism has failed by choking off demand in the name of profit.
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    Several huge unsustainable Democrat government entitlement programs costing TEN TIMES more than they were estimated to cost ARE the problem. Sold to the country, as was Obamacare, as money savers or something that will cost relatively little no doubt. But as Nancy Pelosi famously stated "You have to pass Obamacare/Medicare/Medicaid/SS to see what's in it!"

    It did not make matters better when politicans raided the SS trust fund to turn it into a ponzi scheme and leaving TRILLIONS in IOUs that will now have to be repaid because the baby boomers are retiring and not enough money is coming in to meet the payments.

    The sad fact is we have become an entitlement society that expects our federal government nanny to do everything for us from education, to day care, to medicine, to food stamps, to wiping our butts and blowing our noses. A federal government this size is a danger to us all and not only financially. We are now being crushed not only by the weight of the taxes it takes to maintain this nanny state, but by the tens of thousands of laws written over the last century. Every law is a restriction of some freedom. Is it any wonder why a kid can't open a lemonade stand anymore?

    August 10, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    And the DOW plummetted again, knowing there will be absolute gridlock AGAIN, and no revenue added into the deal.

    What insanity those baggers are causing. Fire McTurtleface as soon as possible. He is treasonous.

    August 10, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. FM

    To: Fair is Fair
    With the obstacles you are trying to impose on the formation of the super committee, is it your intention that no any action should be taken?

    August 10, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Jilli

    It seems wrong to appoint anyone that swore allegience to Grover Norquists anti-tax pledge to the committee. They're allegience to norquist obviously supercedes the oath they've taken to do what's best for the nation. It's pathetic, and they should not be on the committee. Only those working for the best interests of the NATION – not the best of their party, or what's best for their favorite lobbyist – they've taken an oath to do what's best for the nation.

    August 10, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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