It's official. The Republican members for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the "Super Committee," have been selected. These people will work with six appointed Democrats to slash a federal budget deficit of more than $1 trillion. Let's take a look at these lucky guys.
Representative Dave Camp
Camp represents the fourth district of Michigan. He is the current chairman of the Committee of Ways and Means in the House of Representatives. He was chosen for the debt committee by Speaker John Boehner. His favored financial issues include lowering and simplifying tax rates for individuals and expanding access to affordable health care via tax-free savings accounts.
"The president is gambling with our credit rating by refusing to put a plan on the table to reduce our debts and deficits," Camp said in a statement back in July when Moody's put the U.S. under review for a downgrade.
He was one of many Republicans who laid the blame on President Obama and his administration regarding the latest jobs report and the recent stock market plunge.
"Washington can't afford to keep 'spending' its way to job creation," he said in a statement in response to the jobs report.
Representative Jeb Hensarling
Hensarling represents the fifth district of Texas. He was chosen by Boehner to serve as the debt committee's co-leader. Like Camp, he is against the U.S. government spending money "we don't have." Hensarling is the vice chairman of the House's Financial Services Committee. He also serves on the president's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, for which he was also selected by Boehner.
"The debt crisis is a legitimate threat to our nation's future, and the American people cannot afford to wait any longer," he said in a statement after the debt committee announcement.
Senator Jon Kyl
Kyl is the junior Senator from Arizona. He was selected for the debt committee by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Time magazine named Kyl one of the most influential people of 2010. "Jon demonstrates continually that the essence of Senate power is the power to persuade," McConnell wrote for the magazine.
Kyl already serves on several subcommittees within the Committee of Finance, including the Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, the Subcommittee on Health Care, and the Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy. He advocates repealing the death tax and is for progrowth tax policies.
Senator Rob Portman
Portman is Ohio's junior senator. He was appointed to the debt committee by McConnell. He spent a year as former president George Bush's budget director. He already serves on the Senate Committee on the Budget. He worked on several financial issues during his time as a member of the House of Representatives, including reforming the Internal Revenue Service and curbing unfunded mandates.
He recently Tweeted his pleasure at serving with fellow McConnell's appointees Jon Kyl and Patrick Toomey.
"Honored to serve on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to ensure we cut spending & promote econ[omic] recovery," he Tweeted on Wednesday.
Senator Patrick Toomey
Toomey is the Pennsylvania junior senator. He was selected by McConnell. He supports the deregulation of the financial services industry and decreased federal spending. Like many Republicans, Toomey is opposed to the debt deal that passed earlier this month.
"I will vote against the debt deal tomorrow," he Tweeted on August 1. "It doesn't do enough to cut spending and solve our fiscal crisis."
Toomey worked in banking before he switched gears and went into politics. He currently serves on the Committee on the Budget, among others.
Representative Fred Upton
Upton represents Michigan's sixth district. He was appointed to the committee by Boehner. Upton is currently the chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. He wants to "drastically" reduce wasteful government spending. To this effect, he supports an earmark ban and an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would limit federal spending to one-fifth of the U.S. economy.
"Being from Michigan where families have endured 31 consecutive months of double-digit unemployment, I know how important it is to get our economy back on track and get Americans back to work," he said in a statement regarding his debt committee appointment.