Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) has been selected as one of three Democratic Senators to be on the much talked about ‘Super Committee’ this Fall.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Tuesday that Kerry, the 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate who also sits on the Senate Finance Committee, would be one of three Senate Democrats on the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction which will be tasked with crafting a plan consisting of proposed spending cuts, tax reforms, and possible revenue increases; to cut $1.2 trillion from the national debt over the next ten years.
The panel consists of twelve members of congress from both parties and houses of Congress, and was part of the agreement to raise the debt ceiling, passed by Congress on August 2 and later signed into law by President Obama.
One Western Massachusetts resident reacted with cautious optism about Kerry’s appointment.
” I am hoping it will be okay,” said Amy Mittelman of Amherst. ” I’ve known John Kerry for a longtime and certainly as a young man he showed a great deal of courage in being against the war in Vietnam. I think at various times throughout his Senatorial career he has veered from that, but I would hope he remembers his roots and act accordingly.”
Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) will also be on the Committee. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced all six of their picks Wendsday. They will include Senators John Kyl of Arizona, Robert Portman of Ohio, Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania; as well as Representatives Dave Camp (MI,04), Jeb Hensarling (TX, o5) Fred Upton (MI,06).
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA, 08) also revealed the names of her three picks Thursday, which will be Xavier Becerra (CA-30), Assistant Minority Leader Jim Clyburn (SC,06), and Chris Van Hollen (MD,08).