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Pelosi Appoints Spratt, Becerra and Schakowsky to Fiscal Panel

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday that she is appointing Budget Chairman John Spratt (D-S.C.), Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) to the president’s fiscal commission.

President Barack Obama created the 18-member National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform last month through executive order after bipartisan legislation to create a similar panel failed to pass the Senate.

“Chairman Spratt, Congressman Becerra and Congresswoman Schakowsky are champions of common sense steps to balancing our budget and keeping our commitment to all Americans. They have the background, records, and expertise to address this crisis, and will add innovative, creative ideas to the commission’s recommendations,” Pelosi said in a statement.

The executive order stipulates that six commissioners be chosen by the White House and 12 members be appointed by Senate and House leaders — three members selected by the Republican and Democratic leaders in each chamber. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) have already announced their appointees.

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