WASHINGTON (WWJ/AP) – Two members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are about to become two of the most powerful lawmakers in Washington. Congressmen Dave Camp and Fred Upton, both Republicans, have been named to a new, 12-member super committee, which is supposed to find a bipartisan way to trim the federal budget by $1 Trillion.
Camp is from Midland, and chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Upton is from St. Joseph, in the western part of the state. He chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The new committee has until just before Thanksgiving to come up with a plan that gets at least seven votes out of 12 on the committee.
Speaking Wednesday, Camp made it clear he will continue to fight against “job-killing tax increases as a way to reduce our debt and deficits.”
“If we are successful in curbing the overspending in Washington that has sparked fear in the financial markets and created uncertainty on Main Street, we will start to see the job creation we desperately need,” Camp said.
House Speaker John Boehner, Wednesday, also named Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas. Committee co-chair Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., named Republican Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio to the panel.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid named Murray, as well as Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., to the panel. Nine of the panel’s 12 positions are now filled.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will name the other three.