LANSING (WWJ) – Congressman Fred Upton is asking the people of Michigan to share their ideas for cutting federal spending and reducing the national debt.

Upton, a Republican from St. Joseph, is one of twelve members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, a bipartisan, bicameral panel tasked with finding at least $1.5 trillion in federal savings over the next decade. The committee has until Nov. 23 to submit a proposal to Congress or filibuster before Dec. 23.

Earlier this week, the Joint Select Committee launched its official website, which allows users to submit their suggestions. Upton has also added a special comment section to his own website for residents of Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District to share their deficit reduction ideas directly with him.

In a written statement, Upton said without significant cuts and budgetary reforms, “our children and grandchildren will face an insurmountable avalanche of debt.”