Fitzgerald, Ga. – U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson just finished the first of six joint town-hall meetings that they intend to conduct during the August recess, to discuss the economy and attempts to rein in the federal deficit.
More on this in a few minutes, but suffice it to say that the 60-minute session was a sober affair with none of the raucous language seen during the ’09 debates over the health care overhaul legislation.
Hanging over the debate is the matter of a “super committee” required by last week’s agreement. Six members of the House, six members of the Senate are to cut a larger deficit-reduction deal by Thanksgiving – or draconian cuts to Medicare and defense will automatically take place
Up in Washington, word is spreading that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed, D-Nev., will name three Democratic hard-liners to represent their position: Patty Murray of Washington, as co-chair; Max Baucus of Montana and John Kerry of Massachusetts.