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. Rudy NYC

    Well, it's about time. What took you so long?

    I wish the committee success, but do not hold out hope that it will find it. Republicans are coming to the table with a clear position of "no this", "no that", "I'm not having any of those", "All I want are these."

    August 11, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    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."

    August 11, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    I wish the committee success as well – I just wish their objective was broader than "slowing down our pace to bankruptcy".

    August 11, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    @Rudy NYC – I think Nancy had the most difficult job in choosing her three committee members. She is coming in with the most diverse selection that represents all – GOOD WORK Pelosi!!

    I too wish the entire committee success – but then again, there are some there that would only corrupt the process and those are the 6 who signed the "PLEDGE TO CORRUPT!!!"

    @Rudy – I enjoy your post!!

    August 11, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Doesn't matter. The teatards all signed the no tax increase for the rich. Then there's, I don't care about the percentage facts kyl. Three percent vs 98% . Same to me. I don't care about the real facts.

    August 11, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Robert

    Clyburn? That good for nothing, catfish looking and a X. Becerra is probably as bad. Chris Van Hollen is a fine pick.

    August 11, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. gt

    i hope both sides work for the american people not each one party....

    August 11, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    I'm sure they'll produce another mythical cut in the rate of growth of government that leaves us bankrupt in the year 2025 instead of 2023.

    I want to see an actual plan that produces a REAL balanced budget by 2020. In the meantime, I want to see the Balanced Budget Amendment pursued as the alternative. It is clear politicians only act when a sword is held over their head. Our country's survival hangs in the balance. This is no time for half measures!!

    August 11, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    [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."]

    NONE of the six on the Democrat side signed a PLEDGE – what about that?

    August 11, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Name

    How about a nice combination of both!

    August 11, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. R

    Well, good to see we still have the same one-trick ponies prancing around pointing fingers at the other group.

    Tell me Rudy and Day of – what makes either of you so different from one another? You both do the same thing as your political parties do – blame the other side – without so much as coming to the realization that neither side is correct, but yet you will both continue sounding like the mindless cheerleaders that you are and keep saying "my party is better than theirs."

    August 11, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. CNN; The Masters Of Spin

    And......that little word CNN doesn't use very often,.......Democrats appointed ALL Liberal Yellow Dog Big Spenders......but they spin to sound like Republicans are the ONLY ones NOt wanting to compromise......typical.

    August 11, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Anthony

    I wish the committee success, but all they have to do is to wait for the Bush tax cuts to expire at the end of 2012. That will mean 3.6 trillion in revenue for the next ten years, without the need to find any spending cuts.

    August 11, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Name

    The whole is so deep we have make cuts and raise taxs. Just doing one or the other will just leave us still screwed. By the way 54% goes to defeince and war speeding, starts cutting there and then move on to cutting the money we give to other countries

    August 11, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. CNN; The Masters Of Spin

    Rudy NYC sure has lots of economic advice for someone who is a life-time Welfare recipitant!

    August 11, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. sammieb51

    End the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy!!!!! End the Oil Subsidies!!!!!! End Farm Subsidies!!!!!! Fund infrastructure projects around the country - LEVEES, BRIDGES, ROADS DESTROYED BY FLOODS; FIX THE 150,000 "D" BRIDGES; invest in green energy alternatives (batteries, windmill, solar panels systems and factories); REBUILD OUR CRUMBLING ELECTRICAL, WATER, SEWAGE INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS. There are plenty of projects to create jobs that actually return money to the economy at a rate of 165% to 365%. Good luck working with the GOPbags on any of this!!

    August 11, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. rob

    If CNN classifies the republican picks as "Fiscal Cosarvatives", what does that make the dem picks? this is multiple choice:

    1. Fiscal Liberals (tax and spenders)
    2. Protectors of status quo (tax and spenders)
    3. tax and spenders (tax and spemders)
    4. all of the above
    3.

    August 11, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. John K.

    a.k.a. Three Stooges

    August 11, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Joan

    David Gergen keeps saying that there is no leadership being shown in Washington and he and others are hinting that the President and Congress should come back. Well, with all due respect it seems that having the Congress, especially the divisive and extremeist Tea Party members of the House, out of Washington is exactly what is needed. Have people not noticed that the stock market was not doing badly at all until July when they hijacked the debt ceiling debate leading to the instability that caused the downgrade? Having them back would again start the bickerting and that benefits no-one. They all need some time to cool off. Boehner said he wanted to hide and who can blame him since the Tea Party humiliated him and exposed him as nothing but a figure head and puppet with them pulling the strings. Right now all the politicians need to be back with their constituents and hearing their opinions about their actions. Perhaps some of them will realize that their hard lines were not so great after all. I really do think the members of the House who signed the no tax pledges should tell Norquist to put it "where the sun don't shine" and they should rip up their pieces of signed papers. Perhaps the politicians will listen to their constituents, get some positive, new ideas and come back with a fresh attitude about actually making government work. The Super Committee looks pretty balanced and has some really good people on it so hopefully they will each use the time to go over the previous plans and come back ready to really make a difference. Actually the whole Republican brand took a pretty hard hit during July and the less any of them are in the spotlight is probably best for them too. Trying to dictate to the President and Congress what they should do is really no-one's business anyway. Anyone who wants that much power should run for office themselves and put their money where their mouth is.

    August 11, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. ted

    YO The Day of Financial blah
    The Republicans are also coming to the table with a clear position of no new taxes, more loopholes for corporations, tax cuts for the rich and corporations AND ENTITLEMENT CUTS FOR THE WORKING STIFFS, SENIORS AND DISABLED. Same old same old crap.
    The bottomline is that we need revenue increases, spending cuts, entitlement reform, tax reform, things that will not make either side happy. Gee, that is called compromise, a word the GOP disallows in their dictionaries and propaganda.

    August 11, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "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.""

    That is an absolute 100% talking point LIE intended to misinform people who aren't paying attention. Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the Dems have bent over backwards to compromise and make cuts and have made their own proposals for maknig the necessary cuts. They all made proposals during the April fight over the continuing resolution. They all made proposals during the recent debt ceiling nonsense. And they have, throughout it all, made proposals for cuts while demanding that a balanced approach that includes revenues (not constitutes 100% revenues) be taken while protecting Medicare and SS from BENEFITS CUTS....as opposed to, e.g., provider-side cuts like those that would happen if the trigger is flipped. The ONLY people atknig absolutist positions here are the GOP/Teatrolls who, despite economic experts, ratings agencies, the majority of the American public and just plain old math demandnig that revenues be included in the deficit reduction legislation, have drawn a line in the sand, signed pledges to entities that are not the US gov't, and 100% refused to consider any revenue increasing measures whatsoever. YOU, sir, are a complete LIAR when you say that the Dems want nothing but tax cuts and that they will not consider reforms to entitlements. Their words and actions over the past few months prove you 100% wrong and you know it, just as everyone else who has been paying even the slightest bit of attention knows it. Your attempt to pre-emptively create a perception of Obama and the Dems coming to the table in bad faith with an intractable negotiating position is meant merely to distract and disguise the FACT that the GOP is the one doing so, which is evidenced by their pledges and their Minority Leader, Cantor, running around whipping up the Teatrolls with rhetoric that essentially "now is not the time to back down on refusing to allow any revenue...don't be afraid of what the polls are showing."

    August 11, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Nodack

    Waste of time.

    Gridlock, no compromise. Rinse repeat.

    August 11, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    Will party of NO say yes answer is no
    sorry we sign the pledge no tax increase
    Even Jump start won’t work for this committee

    August 11, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Cody

    I dont know why everyone is so skeptical of this group. They will either A) find a good solution or B) clearly demonstrate who is holding our country back from solving this problem so we can vote them out. Win WIN

    August 11, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. MARK

    So now it is a super committee, before that it was a presidential commission which the President flatly rejected. It is obvious what they need to do but unfortunately we do not have a leader that has the guts to make the cuts that need to be made.

    What needs to happen;
    1. Flat Tax to close the loopholes.
    2. Massive cuts to social security and medicare.
    3. Increase the retirement age by two years.
    4. Bring the troops home from Afghanistan.
    5. 10% Tax on all Chinese goods to be paid back on the Chinese part of the deficit.
    6. Cease all foreign aide to Pakistan and other drastic cuts across the board to foreign nations.

    August 11, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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