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Tuesday
Apr192011

Deficit Reduction Talks: McConnell Names Kyl, Boehner Taps Cantor

Office of Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday named Jon Kyl, the No. 2 Senate Republican, to represent the caucus in the bipartisan deficit reduction talks to be led by Vice President Biden. 

“Sen. Kyl is a key member of our leadership team and a senior member of the Finance Committee. He understands both the urgency of the debt crisis and the need for a significant effort to reduce that debt before any successful vote on the debt ceiling increase,” McConnell said in a statement. “There is bipartisan opposition in the Senate to raising the debt ceiling unless we do something significant about the debt, and I was encouraged to see the President acknowledge that in an interview Friday.”

“With the President’s acknowledgement, and with the S&P warning of the consequences of inaction, it is my hope that there will be a new urgency from the White House and our friends across the aisle to finding solutions to what we all know must be done. A serious and credible path forward to reduce spending is the only thing, in my judgment, that will get Republican votes in the Senate to raise the debt ceiling. Partisan speeches and promises of some future cuts after the President leaves office simply won’t suffice.”

Also on Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner announced that he has appointed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to the new commission on deficit spending.

On Saturday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed the top Democrat on the House Budget committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, and the third-ranking House Democrat, James Clyburn, to the panel.

Biden will host a meeting on the issue on May 5 at the Blair House.

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