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Pelosi Rounds Out Super Congress with Leadership Selections

Jim Clyburn and Nancy Pelosi (photo: Speaker Pelosi)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made her selections for the Super Congress with the choices of Nancy Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi, and Nancy Pelosi.

My appointees: @Clyburn @RepBecerra @ChrisVanHollen They’ll focus on economic growth & job creation–which reduces deficit

Jim Clyburn is number three in the leadership. Chris Van Hollen is the ranking member on the Budget Committee and, before that, the head of the DCCC. Xavier Becerra was a Pelosi selection for the original Catfood Commission (he voted no) and also a member of the leadership, the Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. So these are selections that will basically parrot Pelosi’s preferences in the debate.

And Pelosi made those preferences known, echoing the sentiments of many in her caucus by saying that her members would focus on job creation, which reduces the deficit. It also is reflective of the pervasive sentiment that Democrats need to be bolder on job creation rather than mired in an unwinnable deficit debate. It also happens to be the only way you can ever decrease the deficit sustainably, period. The government should be focused on jobs for its own sake, to promote human happiness and human progress, but the side benefit is that more jobs happen to increase tax revenue and lower deficits.

Pelosi is not alone in keeping her selections on a tight leash. Jeb Hensarling, the co-chair, is in the House GOP leadership. John Boehner’s other two members are committee chairs. Mitch McConnell picked his top lieutenant, Jon Kyl, for the committee. Patty Murray, the other co-chair, runs the DSCC. The notion that these are 12 individuals who will make 12 individual choices is a little overblown. By and large, the committee was chosen to hew to the general beliefs of the two parties.

There is a small concern that any one of these members would go off the reservation in pursuit of the imprimatur of a dealmaker. See John Kerry. Heck, see Jim Clyburn, who has talked favorably about chained CPI. But if they do, it will be because the party leadership – and the White House – wanted them to do it.

UPDATE: Without comment, I’ll just put Pelosi’s full statement on the flip.

“The Joint Select Committee has a golden opportunity to take its discussions to the higher ground of America’s greatness and its values. It must meet the aspirations of the American people for success and keep America number one.

“The thrust of the committee must be to grow an American prosperity enjoyed by all Americans. It must:
– Focus on economic growth and job creation that reduces the deficit;
– Make decisions regarding investments, cuts and revenues and their timing to stimulate growth while reducing the deficit; and
– Increase demand by offering recommendations that ensure that wages grow with productivity and reduce America’s families’ dependence on credit.

“The work of the Congress must go beyond the deliberations of the committee. Without waiting for the committee to complete its work, we should pass legislation for sustainable job creation. Congress should send to the President the long delayed highway and FAA bills, which generate hundreds of thousands of American jobs; and Congress should approve a national Infrastructure Bank to create jobs and improve our competitiveness.

“We must achieve a ‘grand bargain’ that reduces the deficit by addressing our entire budget, while strengthening Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Our entire Caucus will work closely with these three appointees toward this goal, which is the goal of the American people.

“Because the work of this committee will affect all Americans, I called last week for its deliberations to be transparent; the committee should conduct its proceedings in the open.”

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Pelosi Rounds Out Super Congress with Leadership Selections

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made her selections for the Super Congress with the choices of Nancy Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi, and Nancy Pelosi.

My appointees: @Clyburn @RepBecerra @ChrisVanHollen They’ll focus on economic growth & job creation–which reduces deficit

Jim Clyburn is number three in the leadership. Chris Van Hollen is the ranking member on the Budget Committee and, before that, the head of the DCCC. Xavier Becerra was a Pelosi selection for the original Catfood Commission (he voted no) and also a member of the leadership, the Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. So these are selections that will basically parrot Pelosi’s preferences in the debate.

And Pelosi made those preferences known, echoing the sentiments of many in her caucus by saying that her members would focus on job creation, which reduces the deficit. It also is reflective of the pervasive sentiment that Democrats need to be bolder on job creation rather than mired in an unwinnable deficit debate. It also happens to be the only way you can ever decrease the deficit sustainably, period. The government should be focused on jobs for its own sake, to promote human happiness and human progress, but the side benefit is that more jobs happen to increase tax revenue and lower deficits.

Pelosi is not alone in keeping her selections on a tight leash. Jeb Hensarling, the co-chair, is in the House GOP leadership. John Boehner’s other two members are committee chairs. Mitch McConnell picked his top lieutenant, Jon Kyl, for the committee. Patty Murray, the other co-chair, runs the DSCC. The notion that these are 12 individuals who will make 12 individual choices is a little overblown. By and large, the committee was chosen to hew to the general beliefs of the two parties.

There is a small concern that any one of these members would go off the reservation in pursuit of the imprimatur of a dealmaker. See John Kerry. Heck, see Jim Clyburn, who has talked favorably about chained CPI. But if they do, it will be because the party leadership – and the White House – wanted them to do it.

UPDATE: Without comment, I’ll just put Pelosi’s full statement on the flip.
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