As part of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Los Angeles Congressman Xavier Becerra is an active member of the hushed group of politicians.
Today, Politico reported about the wave of secrecy that blankets the super-committee, so called because of it’s bipartisan member composition from both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
Senator and one time Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry summed up the committee’s attitude when he said, “I don’t want to discuss what we discussed.”
The committee members, comprised of 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans have the daunting task of reducing the nation’s deficit by a staggering $1.5 trillion in 10 years, pitting Republican ideals against those of the Democrats.
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D, CA-31)
Representative Becerra was one of 3 Democratic congressional members appointed to the committee by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Rep Becerra represents parts of Glendale, CA and, according to his website, is vice-chair of the Democratic Caucus.
Despite, the hushed nature of the super-committee, Rep Becerra has participated in multiple town hall events for his constituents to talk about his involvement. In one such event, taking place on August 31 at the former site of the infamous Ambassador Hotel (now a school), Rep Becerra hammered in the Democratic message of getting American’s employed.
During the town hall, Rep Becerra said, “my belief is that the biggest deficit we face today is a jobs deficit.” Rep Becerra continued to drive the point by adding, “you put 15 million Americans to work, and they pay taxes.”
A unified message
Although there are rumors that not all Democrats are happy with the President’s new jobs bill, it does not compare to the wide schism between Republicans and Democrats regarding economic policy.
What is the major divide? The answer is taxation, specifically a call for the most wealthy to contribute more.
Republicans call itclass warfare while others quickly turn to facts that suggest otherwise, including numbers which indicate that the most wealthy in the United States hold four times more of the nation’s wealth then they did in 1979.
Numbers and accusations aside, the task at hand is indeed deficit reduction but possibly more daunting is to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats in search of common ground that will honestly help this country.