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Bill Nelson tapped for (doomed to fail?) bipartisan budget-compromise committee


Pardon the parenthetical in the headline above. It's tough to see how anything in Washington can succeed if it has these three words: "budget," "compromise" and "congress."

Good luck to them all. And good luck to us.

Here's the press release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Part of last night's deal to reopen the government and avoid the nation’s first-ever default included the creation of a special panel of lawmakers to negotiate a long-term budget compromise.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) will co-chair the joint House-Senate panel with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).  Among those Murray appointed to the panel from the Senate is Florida's U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.  The Florida Democrat along with the other 27 members on the conference panel will be charged with crafting a budget blueprint by Dec. 13 that will be acceptable to both major political parties. The conferees will have until that date to resolve what amounts to a nearly $90 billion difference between the differeing budgets as proposed by the Senate and House.

“The way I see this, every member of Congress has a responsibility to put aside partisan political differences in favor of finding common-sense solutions,” said Nelson, a political moderate who's long advocated for more civility in public service.  Nelson currently is in his third six-year term in the Senate, where he serves on both the Finance and Budget committees.

The bipartisan, bicameral conference committee was created as part of the deal the House and Senate passed late last night to end the 16-day government shutdown and avoid a U.S. financial default.  Here are all the conferees:

Democrats from the Senate


Ron Wyden (OR)
Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
Mark Warner (VA)
Jeff Merkley (OR)
Chris Coons (DE)
Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Tim Kaine (VA)


Independents from the Senate

Bernie Sanders (VT)
Angus King (ME)

Republicans from the Senate

Jeff Sessions (AL)
Chuck Grassley (IA)
Mike Enzi (WY)
Mike Crapo (ID)
Lindsey Graham (SC)
Pat Toomey (PA)
Ron Johnson (WI)
Kelly Ayotte (NH)
Roger Wicker (MS)
Republicans from the House

Reps. Tom Cole (OK)
Tom Price (GA)
Diane Black (TN)

Democrats from the House

Chris Van Hollen (MD)
James Clyburn (SC)
Nita Lowey (NY)