Who are the Super Committee Members and Why are they important?
The Budget Control Act of 2011, which raised the debt ceiling by $900 billion and cut discretionary spending by roughly $1 trillion, also formed the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (known as the “super committee”).
The panel is tasked with locating at least $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction.
If a majority fails to agree on recommendations that achieve such savings by November 23 —-or if Congress fails to pass the plan or enacts less than $1.2 trillion in cuts by December 23-— then across-the-board spending cuts, largely in Medicare and defense, would make up the difference between the committee number and the savings goal.
The super committee consists of these 12 members:
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)
Rep. Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.)
Rep. Xavier Beccera (D-Calif.)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)