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Supercommittee co-chairs Patty Murray and Jeb Hensarling issue joint statement, say they’re working on the details of committee structure

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Aug. 24, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
August 24, 2011 1:20 pm

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, and U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas, have the task of organizing the bipartisan committee to find $1.5 trillion in budget cuts.

Since everything requires agreement between politicians are different edges of the political spectrum, it might take awhile. This statement appears to be all that they could agree to say (which isn’t much).

Here it is::

“In the days since Leader Reid and Speaker Boehner asked us to undertake this joint responsibility, we have been working together to ensure that the committee we help build is given every opportunity to succeed.

“In our capacity as co-chairmen, we are engaging in serious discussions to determine what set of rules will govern the committee’s operation, examining a schedule of potential meetings and exploring how to build a committee staff that will help us achieve success. Additionally, most of the committee members are reviewing the deficit reduction work that many others have engaged in over the past several years. We are confident that most Americans will agree that when building an organization from the ground-up with a short time-table for success, it’s important to get it right the first time.

“We are excited that committee members and staff from both sides of the aisle are eager to engage one another as we begin our work. We encourage our colleagues to participate in active and useful dialogue across the aisle and among our respective caucuses as we continue to work through this process.”

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