Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

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Senators:

Patty Murray (D-WA), Co-Chair

Senator Patty Murray Key Congressional Committees: Appropriations; Budget; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Veterans' Affairs, Chair

The Arc Vote Scorecard (2007-2011): 100 percent - click link, then “Votes” tab

Says Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid won’t be taken off the table in the Super Committee’s discussions. “We can’t take anything off the table to begin with.”

 
John Kerry (D-MA)

Senator John Kerry Key Congressional Committees: Commerce; Science and Transportation; Finance; Foreign Relations, Chair; Small Business and Entrepreneurship

The Arc Vote Scorecard (2007-2011)100% - click link, then “Votes” tab

Says structure of entitlement programs are the real problem.  “And the real problem for our country is not the short-term debt. …. It's the long-term debt. It's the structural debt of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid measured against the demographics of our nation.” 8/9/2011 statement on Meet the Press:

 
Max Baucus (D-MT)

Senator Max Baucus Key Congressional Committees: Finance, Chair; Joint Committee on Taxation, Vice Chair

Participation in deficit reduction effortsFiscal Commission; Biden Talks

The Arc Vote Scorecard (2007-2011)
92% - click link, then “Votes” tab

Believes deficit reduction must total $4 trillion over the next decade and include revenues.  “ To be clear, the special committee’s $1.5 trillion target is not a ceiling on deficit reduction …….. We ultimately need to achieve roughly $4 trillion in total deficit reduction …. And to reach that level of savings without draconian and unrealistic spending cuts, we are going to need a package that also includes new revenue.” 8/2/2011 statement.


Jon Kyl (R-AZ) 

Senator Jon Kyl Key Congressional Committees: Finance; Judiciary

Participation in deficit reduction efforts: Biden Talks

The Arc Vote Scorecard (2007-2011)
30% - click link, then “Votes” tab 

Voted to cut $1.4 trillion from Medicaid – Voted YES on the House FY 2012 Budget Resolution, May 25, 2011

Supported plans to privatize Social Security.  In 2002, he called privatization a “responsible, constructive proposal that does not have a lot of negative downsides that have been attributed to it.”

Opposed ending subsidies for Big Oil. Kyl abandoned budget negotiations with the Obama White House in June 2011 because he did not want to reduce subsidies for big oil and gas companies. Kyl said reducing those subsidies amounted to “[punishing] you, because you make a lot of money.


Rob Portman (R-OH)

Senator Rob Portman Key Congressional Committees: Armed Services; Budget; Energy and Natural Resources; Homeland Security and Gov Affairs

The Arc Vote Scorecard (2007-2011) 0%  - click link, then “Votes” tab

Voted to cut $1.4 trillion from Medicaid –
Voted YES on the House FY 2012 Budget Resolution, May 25, 2011

Supported President Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security.


Pat Toomey (R-PA)

Senator Pat Toomey Key Congressional Committees: Budget; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Commerce, Science and Transportation

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Voted to cut $1.4 trillion from MedicaidVoted YES on the House FY 2012 Budget Resolution, May 25, 2011

Wants to privatize Social Security. Toomey has supported privatizing Social Security for years, saying that “personal accounts mean personal prosperity.”

Supports extending Bush tax cuts. “It is not clear that [extending the Bush tax cuts for all] would add trillions to the deficit


 

Representatives:

Jeb Hensarling(R-TX), Co-Chair

Rep Jeb Hensarling Key Congressional Committees: Financial Services, Vice Chairman

Participation in deficit reduction efforts: Fiscal Commission

The Arc Vote Scorecard (2007-2011) 5% - click link, then “Votes” tab

Voted to cut $1.4 trillion from MedicaidVoted YES on the House FY 2012 Budget Resolution, April15, 2011


David Camp (R-MI)

Rep. David Camp Key Congressional Committees: Ways and Means, Chair

Participation in deficit reduction efforts: Fiscal Commission

The Arc Vote Scorecard (2007-2011):  42% - click link, then “Votes” tab

 Voted to cut $1.4 trillion from MedicaidVoted YES on the House FY 2012 Budget Resolution, April15, 2011


Fred Upton (R-MI)

Rep Fred Upton Key Congressional Committees: Energy and Commerce, Chair

The Arc Vote Scorecard (2007-2011):  53%  - click link, then “Votes” tab

Opposes including new revenues  as part of deficit reduction.  Tax increases are “just not going to be part of the equation.”

Interested in closing corporate tax loopholes. "I'm not afraid of looking at tax loopholes. I don't think anybody was happy to see that GE didn't pay any taxes."


Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

Rep Chris Van Hollen Key Congressional Committees: Budget, Ranking Member

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James Clyburn (D-SC)

Rep James Clyburn Key Congressional Committees: --

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Xavier Becerra (D-CA)


Rep Xavier Becerra Key Congressional Committees: Ways and Means

Participation in deficit reduction efforts
: Fiscal Commission

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