WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate appointed six conservative lawmakers Wednesday to the so-called "super committee" that's charged with finding ways to trim the federal deficit by more than $1 trillion by year's end.
Analysts immediately suggested that the selections increased the odds that the panel will be unable to reach a compromise that can win Congress' approval.
The six, along with three Senate Democrats whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., tapped Tuesday, bring a diverse knowledge of fiscal affairs to a committee created as part of last week's deal that allowed Congress to approve a measure to raise the federal debt ceiling.
But they also carry some fixed beliefs that may make reaching compromise on spending cuts and tax issues difficult. Three more Democrats, to be selected by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are to be named to the panel by Tuesday.
The Republican senators whom Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., named to the panel are Jon Kyl of Arizona, Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio. Toomey and Portman are serving their first terms in the Senate.