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Six Republicans Added to Deficit-Cutting Super Committee – Seattle Times

08/11/2011

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the House and the Senate appointed six conservative lawmakers Wednesday to the so-called super committee charged with finding ways to trim the federal deficit by more than $1 trillion by year’s end.

Analysts suggested the selections increased the odds that the panel will be unable to reach a compromise that can win Congress’ approval.

The six, along with three Senate Democrats whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., picked Tuesday, bring a diverse knowledge of fiscal affairs to a committee created as part of last week’s deal that allowed Congress to approve a measure to raise the federal debt ceiling.

But they also carry some fixed beliefs that may make reaching a compromise on spending cuts and tax issues difficult. Three more Democrats, to be selected by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are to be named to the 12-member panel by Tuesday.

The Republican senators Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., named to the panel are Jon Kyl, of Arizona, Pat Toomey, of Pennsylvania, and Rob Portman, of Ohio. Toomey and Portman are serving their first terms in the Senate.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, chose three experienced legislators for the panel: Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, of Texas; Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, of Michigan; and Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, of Michigan.

Reid said Tuesday that Sens. John Kerry, of Massachusetts, Max Baucus, of Montana, and Patty Murray, of Washington state, were his super-committee choices.

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