Democrat lauds Republican's spot on debt committee
August 10th, 2011
06:07 PM ET
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Democrat lauds Republican's spot on debt committee

(CNN) - In a show of Washington bipartisanship, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown praised fellow Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, for being tapped to serve on the Congressional "super committee."

"Minority Leader McConnell was right to select Senator Portman as one of the three Republican Senators for the deficit reduction committee," Brown said in a statement Wednesday. "Rob has shown a willingness to find common ground by looking at both tax reform and spending cuts in order to reduce the deficit."

Portman, a former White House budget director under President George W. Bush, is one of six fiscal conservatives chosen for the 12-member, bi-partisan committee, which has the task of working out $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction, after an initial round of more than $900 billion in spending cuts in the debt ceiling agreement.

The group is required to complete its work by Nov. 23. Congress then has until Dec. 23 to vote on the proposal, with no amendments permitted.

- CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Tom Cohen contributed to this report.

Filed under: Congress • Ohio • Rob Portman • Sherrod Brown
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Steve, New York City

    We desperately need more bipartisanship, and less IMBECILE commentary from Romney and others (that only seem to discuss how much they hate the president).

    August 10, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. SecedingfromTexas

    But will he pass the "Norquist" test?
    Grover Norquist said McConnell-Boehner assured him they "will not choose anyone willing to give ground on raising taxes."
    Then, he says who "he would be fine with". GUESS WHAT? He chose Dave Camp, Fred Upton and Paul Ryan.
    Ryan asked not to be considered, but Boehner chose Camp and Upton!
    As for McConnell, besides Portman, we have Tea Party Freshman Toomey, and need-no-introduction Kyl.
    How do you like having America run by a wealthy, pledge demanding, private citizen nincompoop?????????????????

    August 10, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Name king

    Obama need to stop allowing the repugs to drive the conversation on debt. The only way were going to get out of our debt situation is to grow our economy. The repugs want austerity, they want to cut off the water while they watch our house burn. I see another Britain on our future, because you strip poor folks of a trillion dollars in these hard times, it won't be going down like that. This President should know by now that the repugs hates government as much as they hate him. They will try to fire every one in government and tie up the presidents hands so he cannot do nothing to help the country. Obama need to figure out some way to go around the repugs by going to the American people to sell his infrastructure modernization plan. It will be tough because the repugs will try to take his focus off jobs again like they've successfully done all year and back to the deficit. Obama you need to fight the America People are counting on you.

    August 10, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. Tony 140

    Good. Now with Portman we have 4 liberals on the so-called "SUPER" Committee. How about Rand Paul? I am wondering why it's going to take all the way to Thanksgiving to get a recommendation. You would think that by now, they would all know what the problem areas are and who is ready to solve them. This would never work with a "real" company.

    August 10, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. Michael Johnson

    If you want a Super Committee that would be bi-partisan and get results you should let the Republicans pick the Democratic choices and the Democrats pick the Republican chioces, What you would end up with is a group of moderates who wil be more willing to make tough chioces and compromise.

    August 10, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. thomas

    If we were a company who wanted to fail , you couldn't pick 6 better republicans to help achieve insolvency !

    Portman, a former White House budget director under President George W. Bush ?
    Isn't that like asking Donald Rumsfeld for advice on the war in Afghanistan ?

    What ever happened to the best and the brightest ?

    August 10, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Well, since Portman helped create the financial mess we're in right now, he should have some special insights. Lets hope he's learned from his mistakes.

    August 10, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. ARTRaveler

    I fully expect a 6-6 tie and then a 10% cut across the board. Why not take it all out of Defense and force the wars to be over? Defense spending is up 62% since 2001 and we seem to be in a holding pattern so use the Republican greed for some useful purpose. If you need more, eliminate Congressional health and retirement benefiits and cut their office staffs by 75%. They have an arm, let them answer their own phone. Maybe a few less photo-ops if they have to organize it themselves.

    August 10, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. Larry L

    He is an interesting choice. The other Republicans are the same hard-core right-wingers who spent the money during the Bush years and now act like fiscal conservatives. The group will accomplish nothing.

    August 10, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |