Patty Murray Will Co-Chair Debt 'Super Committee'

Harry Reid's other picks for panel are John Kerry and Max Baucus
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2011 6:47 PM CDT
Harry Reid Picks Patty Murray, John Kerry, and Max Baucus for Debt Super Committee
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is one of three Harry Reid picks.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Three down, nine to go. Harry Reid made his three picks for the bipartisan "super committee" that will try to come up with $1.2 trillion of cuts in about 3 months. Reid picked Patty Murray, who will serve as co-chair with a yet-to-be-named Republican, along with John Kerry and Max Baucus. Politico sees the choices as a sign that the Senate majority leader is serious about getting a deal struck. Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and Nancy Pelosi will each add three picks of their own.

At least seven of the 12 will need to agree on a proposal by Thanksgiving if they hope to have it signed by the president by Dec. 23, notes the National Journal. Failure triggers across-the-board cuts. Click to read how Daily Intel wishes the first three were announced, or here to see Jon Stewart's take on the committee. (Read more Patty Murray stories.)

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