Harry Reid has chosen the first three members of the bipartisan deficit commission responsible for shaving trillions from the deficit
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington, Max Baucus of Montana, and John Kerry of Massachusetts to the new super committee tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction by November 23, according to a senior Democratic aide familiar with Reid's decision, which is expected to be made public as early as Wednesday.
Shadow War Unlikely to Slow Down After SEAL Deaths
Obama Cancels Schedule to Meet Bodies of Fallen Soldiers
Perry Signals He's In
Additionally, Murray is expected to co-chair the committee, officially named the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, along with a still unnamed House Republican. A spokesman for Reid did not respond to a request for comment.
Reid's decision to tap Murray will likely be met with scrutiny, as she is also chairing the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the 2012 election cycle. But she is also a member of leadership, a senior member of the Budget Committee, and a woman on what is likely to be a male-dominated committee.