Deficit Commission Seals Majority, but Will Probably Come Up Short

A majority of officials on the president's deficit commission will support the bold budget plan now that ten of the commission's 18 members have committed to vote yes on the proposal. Sen. Dick Durbin is the latest member to commit to supporting the plan to raise taxes, cut spending, and reform entitlements.

But with five members now committed to voting against the proposal, the commission, which requires a super-majority of 14 to send its report to Congress for a vote, will almost certainly come up short to produce a bill.

The members voting no (with reasons in parentheses) are: GOP Rep. Paul Ryan (too incremental health care changes), GOP Rep. Dave Camp (tax increases), Andy Stern (spending cuts), Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Social Security benefit cuts), and Democratic Sen. Max Baucus (harsh effect on rural America).

The deficit commission is made up of six non-elected presidential appointees, six elected Republicans and six elected Democrats, divided evenly between House and Senate. Here's your unofficial tally as of 10:00PM Thursday night (we're at 10 yes to 5 no):

President's Appointees
Alan Simpson (co-chair; fmr. U.S. Senator) -- Yes
Erskine Bowles (co-chair; fmr. White House Chief of Staff) -- Yes
Dave M. Cote (Honeywell International) -- Yes
Alice Rivlin (Brookings Institution; fmr. director CBO and OMB and Fed vice chair) -- Yes
Ann M. Fudge (fmr. CEO Young & Rubicam Brands) -- Yes
Andy Stern (fmr. president of Service Employees International Union) -- No

House Republicans
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) -- No
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) -- Leaning No/Undecided
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Michigan) -- No

House Democrats
Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.) -- Undecided
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) -- Undecided
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill) -- No

Senate Republicans
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire) -- Yes
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) -- Yes
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) -- Yes

Senate Democrats
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota) -- Yes
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) -- Yes
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) -- No

Presented by

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Business

Just In