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jtown1123 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 11:09 AM
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What do Harry Reid's Picks for the "Super Congress" Mean for Social Security and Medicare?
Senate Democrats Named to Super Committee

By NCPSSM | August 10, 2011

Our first reactionwhy didnt anyone from the Senates Social Security Caucus made the cut? And Senator Kerry and Murrays support for the Bowles/Simpson plan is certainly disappointing.

Here are just some of the reactions this morning:

Reid Picks Murray, Kerry, Baucus For Super Committee Heres The Upshot TPM Cafe

Entitlement defenders were hoping for a more progressive bunch than this. But the key on the Democratic side of the new committee isnt so much whether members will agree in principle to some entitlement cuts most say they will its whether theyll require as a concession that Republicans agree to increase tax revenues. And through that prism, theres some reason for optimism.

Harry Reids Super Committee Picks: Patty Murray, Max Baucus, John Kerry Huffington Post

The choices are not particularly trusted in liberal circles either, in part because of concerns that moneyed interests may come in to play when it comes time to negotiate. In FY 2009, for instance, companies in Murrays home state of Washington received $5.2 billion in defense contracts. Boeing Inc. is the fourth biggest contributor to Murray over the course of her career, according to data gathered by the Center for Responsive Politics.More broadly, good government advocates were concerned that her post atop the DSCC, which comes with significant fundraising responsibilities, would influence her approach to the committee.

Reid Names Murray, Baucus and Kerry to New Deficit Panel CQ Today (by subscription)

While Baucus and Murray seem obvious choices for the joint committee, the selection of Kerry is more surprising. As chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry has not played as prominent role in fiscal policy debates. He does, however, serve on the Finance Committee.

In addition to serving on Obamas fiscal commission, Baucus was a member of the bipartisan, bicameral group led by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. that unsuccessfully sought a compromise debt reduction plan to accompany the debt ceiling increase.

The low-key Murray, who as secretary of the Democratic Caucus ranks fourth in the partys hierarchy in the chamber, has become a prominent voice on fiscal issues during frequent appearances with Reid and other leaders. She is also the No. 2 Democrat on the Budget Committee and chairwoman of the Appropriations subcommittee that deals with transportation, housing and urban development issues.

Murray is one of the few senior Senate Democratic women not up for re-election this cycle and is chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Picking powerful members from the Finance and Appropriations committees makes sense, because the new panel will have jurisdiction over tax, spending and budget matters. Baucus and Murray will be able to use their new positions to ensure that their committees interests are represented on the new panel.

Boehner will name the other co-chair. Just as Reid chose a party loyalist, Boehner is likely to choose a stout conservative.

THE REST: http://www.ncpssm.org/entitledtoknow/?p=1910
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 11:10 AM
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1. The Republic healthcare plan. If you get sick, die quickly. nt
Edited on Wed Aug-10-11 11:10 AM by valerief
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 11:11 AM
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2. Exactly!
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jtown1123 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 11:30 AM
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3. Pretty much. Unfortunately, there are some Democrats that think this too...
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 11:59 AM
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5. Some?
It's hard to think of more than a handful that DON'T subscribe to repuke ideals.
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 11:30 AM
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4. and when you turn 65, please get sick, then see rule #1. - n/t
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 12:16 PM
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6. Hell it is worse than that - if you get old - die quickly.
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-11 01:04 PM
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7. Boy, surely no one could see picks such as these coming: who woulda' ever
thunk it? :patriot:
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