Super Committee Starts to Take Shape: Harry Reid Taps Sens. Patty Murray, Max Baucus and John Kerry

Aug 9, 2011 6:00pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV., has made his choice of three people to serve on the 12-member “super committee,” charged with  identifying $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction by Nov. 23rd

Reid has chosen Senator Max Baucus, D-Mont., who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., and DSCC Chair Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash.. A Senate Democratic aide confirmed the picks after they were first reported by Politico. All three voted in favor of the debt ceiling bill last week that created the super committee.

The selections of senate Democrats are the first of the picks for the 12 person committee to drip out.

Senator McConnell, Speaker Boehner, and House Minority Leader Pelosi each will also get three, but none of them have made a formal announcement of their choice. At a townhall in Kentucky today McConnell said he is “very close” to picking his choices, but is not ready to make an announcement yet.

“The Joint Select Committee has been charged with forging the balanced, bipartisan approach to deficit reduction that the American people, the markets and rating agencies like Standard and Poor’s are demanding," said Reid in a paper statement.

“As the events of the past week have made clear, the world is watching the work of this committee," he said, referring to the turbulence in the stock market and the economy. "I am confident that Senators Murray, Baucus and Kerry will bring the thoughtfulness, bipartisanship, and commitment to a balanced approach that will produce the best outcome for the American people.”

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