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Fiscal Responsibility Summit: A Who's Who

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The White House "Fiscal Responsibility Summit" gets under way today for a marathon session on long-term budget-busters such as Social Security, Medicare, federal purchasing and tax policy.

The session, our colleagues Ceci Connolly and Lori Montgomery report, is intended in part to counter Republican criticism that the new administration's costly response to the economic crisis is needlessly pushing the country deeper into debt.

The bipartisan meeting features five topic-specific breakout sessions, and will include lawmakers, economists and a range of special interest leaders. A full list of the attendees and breakout group moderators, as provided by the White House, follows.

Breakout Groups:

Social Security
Moderators: Chair of the National Economic Council Larry Summers and Gene Sperling of the Treasury Department
Moderators: OMB Director Peter Orszag and Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes
Tax Reform
Moderators: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Council of Economic Advisers Chair Christina Romer
Budget Process
Moderators: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Deputy OMB Director Rob Nabors
Moderators: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew, and Rahm Emanuel

Fiscal Responsibility Summit Attendees:

Secretary of the Treasury, Tim Geithner
Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood
Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano
Deputy Secretary of State, Jack Lew
Treasury Department, Gene Sperling

White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel
OMB Director, Peter Orszag
National Economic Council, Larry Summers
Domestic Policy Council, Melody Barnes
Council on Economic Advisors, Christina Romer
Deputy OMB Director, Rob Nabors


Senator Mitch McConnell (R), Minority Leader - will not join break-out sessions
Senator Dick Durbin (D), Assistant Majority Leader
Senator Jon Kyl (R), Assistant Minority Leader - arriving at 2:30
Senator Lamar Alexander (R), Republican Conference Chairman
Senator John Cornyn (R), Chairman, National Republican Senatorial Committee

Other Senators (in alphabetical order with Chairs and Ranking Members noted)
Senator Evan Bayh (D)
Senator Max Baucus (D), Chairman of Committee on Finance
Senator Tom Carper (D)
Senator Thad Cochran (R), Ranking Member of Committee on Appropriations
Senator Susan Collins (R), Ranking Member of Committee on Homeland Security
Senator Kent Conrad (D), Chairman of Committee on the Budget
Senator Chris Dodd (D), Chairman of Committee on Banking, Ranking Democrat on HELP
Senator Mike Enzi (R), Ranking Member of Committee on HELP
Senator Lindsey Graham (R)
Senator Judd Gregg (R), Ranking Member of Committee on Budget
Senator Daniel Inouye (D), Chairman of Committee on Appropriations
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D)
Senator Carl Levin (D), Chairman of Committee on Armed Services
Senator Joseph Lieberman (D), Chairman of Committee on Homeland Security
Senator John McCain (R), Ranking Member of Committee on Armed Services
Senator Claire McCaskill (D)
Senator Ben Nelson (D)
Senator Olympia Snowe (R), Ranking Member of Small Business Committee
Senator Arlen Specter (R), Ranking Member of Judiciary Committee



The Honorable Nancy Pelosi (D), Speaker of the House of Representatives (will not join breakout sessions)
The Honorable Steny H. Hoyer (D), Majority Leader
The Honorable John A. Boehner (R), Minority Leader
The Honorable James E. Clyburn (D), Majority Whip
The Honorable Eric Cantor (R), Minority Whip
The Honorable Thaddeus G. McCotter (R), Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee
The Honorable Chris Van Hollen (D), Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Other Members (in alphabetical order with Chairs and Ranking Members noted)
The Honorable Joe Barton (R), Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce
The Honorable Allen Boyd (D)
The Honorable Dave Camp (R), Ranking Member of the Committee on Ways and Means
The Honorable Michael N. Castle (R)
The Honorable Raúl M. Grijalva (D)
The Honorable Darrell E. Issa (R), Ranking Member the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
The Honorable Ron Kind (D)
The Honorable Barbara Lee (D), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus,
The Honorable Jim Matheson (D)
The Honorable George Miller (D), Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor
The Honorable David R. Obey (D), Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations
The Honorable David E. Price (D) - late arrival - approx 1:30/2:00 PM
The Honorable Tom Price (R), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee
The Honorable Charles B. Rangel (D), Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means
The Honorable Paul Ryan (R), Ranking Member of the Committee on the Budget
The Honorable Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D), Chairwoman of the Blue Dog Coalition
The Honorable John M. Spratt (D), Chairman of Committee on the Budget
The Honorable John S. Tanner (D)
The Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher (D)
The Honorable Edolphus Towns (D), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
The Honorable Nydia M. Velazquez (D), Chairwoman of the Committee on Small Business
The Honorable Henry A. Waxman (D), Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce

Community Leaders and Stakeholders Also Attending

(in alphabetical order by organization name)

Bill Novelli, AARP
John Gage, AFGE
John Sweeney, AFL-CIO
Gerry McEntee, AFSCME
Randi Weingarten, AFT
Ed Coyle, Alliance for Retired Americans
Kevin Hassitt, American Enterprise Institute
Richard Umbdenstock, American Hospital Association
Nancy Neilson , American Medical Association
Becky Patton, American Nurses Association
Karen Narasaki, Asian American Justice Center (AAJC)
Dr. Ho Tran, Asian Pacific Islanders American Health Forum (APIAHF)
Gary Flowers, Black Leadership Forum
Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, Black Women's Health Imperative
Alice Rivlin, Brookings Institution
John Castellani, Business Roundtable
Roger Hickey, Campaign for America's Future
John Podesta, Center for American Progress
Larry Korb, Center for American Progress
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Joe Minarek, Center for Economic Development
Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Anna Burger, Change to Win
Maya MacGuinneas, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Karen Davis, Common Wealth Fund
Bob Bixby, Concord Coalition
Maya Rockeymoore, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Doug Elmendorf, Congressional Budget Office
Marty Ford, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Lawrence Mishel, Economic Policy Institute
Ron Pollack, Families USA
Ellie Smeal, Feminist Majority
Stewart Butler, Heritage Foundation
Bill Spriggs, Howard University
Joe Salomonese, Human Rights Campaign
John Cavanagh, Institue for Policy Studies
Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women's Policy
Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, McCain Economic Advisor
Hilary Shelton, NAACP
Todd Stottlemyer, National Association of Independent Businesses
Barbara B. Kennelly, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
Jackie Johnson Pata, National Congress of American Indians
Janet Murguia, National Council of La Raza
Marc Morial, National Urban League (NY)
Dennis Van Roekel, NEA
David Walker, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Peter Peterson, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Al From, Democratic Leadership Council
Andy Stern, SEIU
Fred Goldberg, Skadden
Roger Ferguson, TIAA-CREF CEO
Martin Regalia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Fernando Torres-Gil, UCLA
Robert Reischauer, Urban Institute
Michael Graetz, Yale

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Bet the Republicans will howl like a dog whose tail has been stepped on when Obama raises taxes on the most influential constituency of the Republican Party. You can forget any thoughts of the importance of deficits. They will return to the Cheney mantra "Deficits don't matter."

Though I doubt I would agree with much of what Cornell 1984 writes, I will agree that Rangel is a disgusting politician and a drag on the integrity of our government. He was not put in there by Obama and when Rangel had a choice he chose Clinton over Obama. Rangel knows people of integrity and he avoids them whenever possible.

Posted by: Gator-ron | February 23, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

all politicians hang aroung thugs and tax evaders

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 23, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Do you think they can discuss why our stimulus money included $200 million for old people in the PHillippines?

Can anyone believe Charles Rangel is Obama's go-to man? What an embarrassment! Does Obama have a policy to only hang aroung thugs and tax evaders?

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 23, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

It strikes me that POTUS is taking a small step down the road to what he would like to see:

*driving Congress into a corral marked fiscal sanity on the theory that in foreign affairs he who has little cash in his pocket is not worth talking to.

* as to the military it is essential to persuade to get them to understand that their glory days of presenting THEIR version of a budget. No easy feat. The problem he faces is how to administer great cuts while at the same time persuading the American public that his cuts are are desperately needed. No easy feat.

*health is the Gordian Knot nothing less than the wielding of a great sword will clean it up. POTUS seeks by this "summit", and other measures, to be speaking to two groups -- the voting public on one side and the military on he oher.

Posted by: dajewell | February 23, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

i want them to talk about raising the minimum wage.

the root causes must be addressed

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 23, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

There can be no fiscal responsibility when American bread-earners are unjustly "targeted" and destroyed by "multi-agency action programs of personal destruction."




... coordinated multi-agency action "programs of personal destruction" manned by security/intel/revenue agents, local police nationwide, citizen vigilantes fronted by government-funded community policing and anti-terrorism programs.






Posted by: scrivener50 | February 23, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse


Americans should applaud the Summit--a great idea.

But the timing couldn't be more backwards.

Perfect timing should have been BEFORE THE VOTE, allowing this body of congressional voters to consider how the taxpaying voters would--or wouldn't--be served.

So, this will wind up being a "how we'll spend their money" session.

Posted by: freemarketer | February 23, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

senate made sure all branches of the military got money.
that is the bulk of the 480 pages senate added on.

looks like we will have war for a long time.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 23, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I've seen (Biden mistakenly said .com ; )

For me, it would be useless to "track" dumping BILLIONS into the Pacific Ocean -- HR1 should never have been passed / signed in the first place -- hopefully, someone sues to keep the most wasteful parts from being implemented.

Posted by: JakeD | February 23, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

well jakey, this summit is to make sure we do HR1 right.

i want to be on the Procurement one with Rahm.....

have you been to yet?
that is for the public to track.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 23, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Obama didn't think about "Fiscal Responsibility" BEFORE he wasted another TRILLION DOLLARES by signing that $787 billion bill and committing another $225 billion to bail out people who couldn't afford and shouldn't have bought houses in the first place.

Posted by: JakeD | February 23, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

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