House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chose Thursday to fill the last three spots on the 12-member, deficit reducing ‘Super Committee.’
The ‘Super Committee’, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, will have their hands full this time around as they work to reduce the country's debt—just as they did when working on the issue earlier in the month.
Van Hollen said in a press release that he is looking forward to working with his Democratic and Republican colleagues on something that will be a challenge for all of them. He added, “Our plan should put jobs first, sharpen America's competitive edge, ensure health and retirement security, and require shared responsibility from those who have done so well even during these tough economic times.”
Selected by his colleagues in 2010 to be a member of the House Budget Committee, Van Hollen seems comfortable handling an issue with such importance. He has a reputation in Washington as a type person who can get things done because of his willingness to work across the aisle while not compromising his constituents’ priorities.
The House members joining Van Hollen are James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.). The progressive picks will be welcomed by liberal supporters who felt their voices were left out in the long and painful debt ceiling negotiations earlier this month.
Conservatives and Independents won’t be as excited to see these picks because the members might be less inclined to compromise on entitlement cuts. They are also more likely push for revenue increases—as noted by Van Hollen. However, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republican leaders stated they were hesitant to compromise on revenue increases.
In a press release on Thursday, Pelosi said, “The Joint Select Committee has a golden opportunity to take its discussions to the higher ground of America's greatness and its values.”
But with the unyielding nature of progressives and conservatives these days, some Washington insiders think that the committee will have difficulty compromising.