Pelosi names three House Democrats to complete debt panel selection
August 11th, 2011
12:31 PM ET
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Pelosi names three House Democrats to complete debt panel selection

Washington (CNN) – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday appointed Reps. James Clyburn, Xavier Becerra and Chris Van Hollen to the special congressional committee on deficit reduction, completing selection of the 12-member bipartisan panel created under last week's debt ceiling agreement.

The three choices bring strong party voices from the House to the new "super committee" charged with crafting a plan to reduce the country's mounting deficits. They join three Senate Democrats - Patty Murray, Max Baucus and John Kerry - previously appointed to the committee, as well as six GOP fiscal conservatives from the House and Senate named by Republican leaders.

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  1. Bart

    Both sides need to be willing to slay their sacred cows – Dems with entitlements and Repubs with tax increases on the rich. All economists say both are necessary. A fat person wanting to lose weight has to make sacrifices – not just cutting calories, not just working out, but you need to do both. It is an attitude that it is serious, everything that can be done to solve the problem will be done.

    August 11, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. C-Lo

    Talk about playing games with the government...we all know what took her so long is she was acting like a baseball manager waiting for the other side to announce the pinch batter so she knew weather to go to the leftie or the leftie in the bullpin.

    August 11, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Fair wrote:
    I wish the committee success as well – I just wish their objective was broader than "slowing down our pace to bankruptcy".
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    I agree. I just wish the Republican objective was not making Obama a one-term President at the expense of the pace of economic recovery. Republicans have repeated the former like drones, and a few have been caught saying that slow recovery or downturn would put Obama out of office.

    August 11, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    I wish the committee success, but do not hold out hope that it will find it. Democrats are coming to the table with a clear position of "no cuts", "can't touch entitlements", "I'm not having any of those", "All I want are tax increases."
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    Democrats listened to Americans offered and voted for spending cuts.
    Democrats and America fumed when Obama offered entitlements.
    Democrats listened to Americans and objected to additional tax cuts.
    Democrats and Americans fumed when bills are passed without them.

    When are Republicans going to listen to the will of the people?

    August 11, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. logic in LA

    Too bad conservatives don't read- The reason S & P dropped our rating is due in part to lack of sufficient revenue- as they stated- no additional taxes! The two worst financial disaster to hit this country were after Republicans tax cuts- Hoover's plan that had our taxes at their lowest ever and Bush's 2001 tax cuts- the second lowest- and an unfunded war that lead to 2008 and to our current problems.
    You can't run a household on minimum wage and we can't run a country on one either. A small return to sanity in the tax rate with spending cuts is the only sound fiscal means for our well beings. Why can't conservatives see this?

    August 11, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. maikl

    Obama go for another vacation. What a president. What a YES WE CAN. What a change. With his YES WE CAN and change, only Obama can afford vacation. In 2012 he go for permanent vacation. By the way , his vacation just rent cost $50.000. a week.

    August 11, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems have zero intention of compromising.

    August 11, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. A Kickin` Donkey

    Rudy, as untrustworthy as the GOP is, I applaud her for waiting. Picking people who might counteract the biases of the other side makes sense. So too would picking Dems that might have influence on one particular Republican.

    August 11, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Boomer in Mo

    Nobody will listen to them either.

    August 11, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Len

    63% of the population want a balanced approach: New CNN poll. Increase revenue by closing tax loopholes and cut domestic spending. The only fair and balanced approach.

    August 11, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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