House Speaker John Boehner has appointed the chairmen of two House committees with jurisdiction over the nation's health programs to serve on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
Camp, Upton named to deficit panel
Boehner, an Ohio Republican, named Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Medicare; and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has a health subcommittee that has jurisdiction over several healthcare-related areas, including public health and quarantine, hospital construction, biomedical programs, and public and private health insurance. Boehner appointed Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) to serve as the joint select committee's co-chair. Hensarling will share his chairmanship duties with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday. Reid also appointed Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)
“The lawmakers I have appointed to serve on this joint committee are proven leaders who have earned the trust and confidence of their colleagues and constituents,” Boehner said in a news release. “They understand the gravity of our debt crisis and I appreciate their willingness to serve on this panel.”
Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appointed Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). Kyl is a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program; Toomey serves on several committees in the upper chamber, including the Senate Banking Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and Portman is a former director of the Office of Management and Budget.
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