GOP Picks For Super Committee Look Strong
House Speaker John Boehner said he’s tapped House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, to serve as co-chair of the committee. He’s also appointing House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., to the committee, as well as House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s appointing Sens. Jon Kyl, Ariz., Pat Toomey, Pa., and Rob Portman, Ohio.
The first question that’s probably popping into most conservatives’ minds is, “Where’s Paul Ryan?” Turns out, he asked not to be on the committee, and Boehner honored that request:
I asked the Speaker not to consider me for the Joint Committee, because only the Budget Committee can write legislation to reform the budget process. As Budget Committee chairman, my plan has long been to work on this critical issue throughout the fall.
As we did with the first 3 Democrats yesterday, let’s look at the ACU ratings of the GOP picks:
- Rep. Hensarling has 100.00 ratings for both 2010 and 2009, and 98.96 lifetime
- Rep. Camp has a 92.00 rating for 2010, and 88.87 lifetime. The two votes where he voted counter to the ACU position in 2010 are rather troubling, being the extension of unemployment benefits and the home energy retrofit program, both of which ACU opposed.
- Rep. Upton is also 92.00 for 2010, and he also voted to extend unemployment benefits, twice (Rep. Camp voted against it the second time). His lifetime rating is only 73.23
- Sen. Kyl has a 96.00 rating for 2010, and 96.72 lifetime. He voted against a Federal Reserve audit that ACU supported.
- Sens. Toomey and Portman have no ACU rating listed for 2010, since they are freshmen, but Toomey at least has a strong reputation as a spending cutter.
I could have hoped for stronger picks by Boehner, since Camp and Upton appear to have problems with cutting some kinds of spending. However, enough grassroots pressure on the Representatives–who are up for election in 2012–might stiffen their backbones. You can find contact information for them through the House website.