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What You Need to Know About the Super Committee

Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (n)—Washington-ese for congressional budget-reduction committee, also known as the super committee.

1. A congressional panel made up of 12 members—six Democrats and six Republicans, with six members from the House and six from the Senate—set up to cut $1.5 trillion from the federal budget over the next 10 years. 


      a. Members are:

           Cochair:  Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas
           Cochair:  Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
           Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
           Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.
           Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich.
           Rep. James  Clyburn, D-S.C.
           Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
           Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
           Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio
           Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.
           Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.
           Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

SEE ALSO: Timeline, Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. The panel, created in the summer after political wrangling over the debt ceiling, has until Nov. 23 to vote on the proposal to cut $1.5 trillion over 10 years. The full Congress has until Dec. 23 for an up-or-down vote on the bill. On Jan. 15, if the panel's recommendation fails to clear Congress, then "triggers" leading to $1.2 trillion in future cuts go into effect. These so-called automatic cuts, which would shave $600 billion from the Pentagon's budget, would take effect in early 2013. It is, however, possible that the committee could recommend only a portion of the required minimum cuts, seeking to delay decisions on the remaining amount until next year. This scenario would give committees of jurisdiction time to work out details of the balance. 




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