Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman on Friday launched a Web site asking his constituents for their thoughts on how the debt-reduction panel should proceed as it aims to achieve at least $1.5 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade.
“In my time in public service I have always looked to constituents for good ideas on how Washington can do things to help back home,” reads a message on Portman’s Web site. “This is no different. Unless Washington comes up with sensible ways to stop spending more than it takes in, our economy will continue to suffer under the weight of borrowing and our children and grandchildren will not enjoy the opportunities we inherited from previous generations. Please leave your name, contact information and ideas in the form below. Let’s work together to get our nation back on track.”
Portman’s site makes him the first member of the 12-member supercommittee to formally solicit ideas from his constituents through the Internet. The panel’s co-chairs, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), said in a joint statement this week that most members have begun reviewing proposals made by previous debt-reduction groups; earlier efforts include those made by President Obama’s bipartisan debt commission and the Senate’s bipartisan Gang of Six.
The group as a whole also intends to launch its own Web site seeking the ideas of the public on debt reduction.