Majority Leader Harry Reid has named three colleagues to take part in the supercommittee, which must come up with $1.5 trillion in deficit-reductions by Thanksgiving.
Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, selected three-fellow Democrats: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana, former presidential candidate John Kerry of Massachusetts, and Patty Murray of Washington.
The super committee will consist of 12 members, including six members from the House and six members from the Senate, and six different members of each respective party.
“I have great faith in Senator Murray as the co-chair of the committee,” Reid said during his announcement of the appointments. “Her years of experience on the Senate Budget and Appropriations committees have given her a depth of knowledge on budget issues, and demonstrated her ability to work across party lines.”
Regarding Kerry and Baucus, Reid called them “two of the Senate’s most respected and experienced legislators.” He added, “Their legislative accomplishments are matched only by their records of forging strong bonds with their Republican colleagues.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, and Minority Leader Nanci Pelosi of California will also name three members of their respective branch of Congress.