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Democratic Lawmakers Concerned About “Super Committee” Makeup

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Now that nine of the twelve members of the deficit reducing “super-committee” have been appointed, two Missouri Democratic lawmakers are weighing in on its prospects.

Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., tapped Senators Patty Murray, Max Baucus and John Kerry to represent Senate Democrats on the committee. Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner appointed Representatives Jeb Hensarling, Dave Camp and Fred Upton. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, selected Senators Jon Kyl, Pat Toomey, and Rob Portman. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has yet to name her picks.

Senator Claire McCaskill says it’s too soon to tell if the committee will be able to come up with a plan to trim the deficit by $1.5 trillion, but she says the key will be the members’ willingness to compromise, “If any of these members have an extreme position on any of the issues, whether it’s revenues or whether it’s entitlement programs, it’s not going to be a good ending for our country”

McCaskill says some of the nation’s greatest accomplishments, have come about because of compromise, “It’s very important that we remain reasonable and open to other people’s suggestions, particularly at the beginning of this process.”

Congressman William “Lacy” Clay tells KMOX that the appointment of six Republicans who have signed a ‘no tax increase’ pledge, doesn’t bode well, “It looks like they have drawn a line in the sand.”

Clay says that’s not good at a time when congressional approval ratings are at an all time low, “If we’re just going to play gotcha politics and we’re going to be so divisive instead of reaching across the aisle and working together, our approval ratings are going to be plummeting.”

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