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The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction -- dubbed the "Supercommittee" -- is a twelve-member committee tasked with recommending at least $1.5 trillion in cuts to the federal budget over a ten-year period. The committee consists of 6 members from the House of Representatives and 6 members from the Senate.

Contact members of the Joint Select Committee telling them to de-fund the SOA/WHINSEC and other failed military programs through SOUTHCOM.

The committee will have until November 23rd, 2011 to make a proposal about which government programs to be cut. This proposal will be voted on by both the House and the Senate. The decisions by the supercommittee will be made by a simple majority vote. That means that it's likely we will be able to get closure of the school into the final recommendation if we can convince 6 or 7 members of the committee to include it. We have provided some information about the members of the committee below:

Committee Members from the House of Representatives:

In 2007, Xavier Becerra (D-CA) voted for the 2007 McGovern ammendment to the Foreign Appropriations bill. The amendment would have cut funding to WHINSEC.

Washington, D.C.
1226 Longworth HOB
Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202)225-6235

Los Angeles
1910 W Sunset Boulevard
Suite 810
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: (213)483-1425

James Clyburn (D-SC) has previously supported ammendments to eliminate funding to the school, but in 2007 he changed his vote to no on the McGovern amendment to cut funding for unknown reasons.

Washington, DC
2135 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202)225-3315    
Columbia, SC
1225 Lady Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803)799-1100



Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) also supported McGovern's ammendment to cut funding to WHINSEC. In addition, he has co-sponsored multiple pieces of legislation calling for the closure of WHINSEC, most recently HR 2567 in 2009.

Capitol Hill Office
1707 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5341
Rockville Office
51 Monroe St., Suite 507
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 424-3501



Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), co-chair of the committee, has never supported legislation calling for the closure of WHINSEC.

Washington, DC. Office
129 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515        
Phone: 202-225-3484

Dallas Office
6510 Abrams Road, Suite 243
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: 214-349-9996



David Camp (R-MI) was among 23 Republicans who voted in favor of the 2007 McGovern ammendment to cut funding to WHINSEC.

Washington D.C. Office
341 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-356

Midland Office
135 Ashman Street
Midland, Michigan 48640
Phone: 989-631-2552
Toll Free:1-800-342-2455



Fred Upton (R-MI) also voted for the McGovern ammendment cutting funding to WHINSEC.

Washington, DC Office
2183 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3761
Kalamazoo District Office
157 South Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 180

Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: (269) 385-0039

Committee Members from the Senate:

Patty Murray (D-WA), co-chair of the committee, also co-sponsored Dick Durbin's bill to shut down the school. She has also lobbied for better treatment of prisoner of conscience Chris Spicer, who was arrested in 2010 for crossing the line at Fort Benning.

Washington, D.C. Office
448 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2621
Toll Free: (866) 481-9186

Seattle Office
2988 Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98174
Phone: (206) 553-5545


Max Baucus (D-MT) does not have an established record concerning his possible support for the closure of the School of Americas.

Washington, DC Office
511 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2651

Billings Office
222 N 32nd St Ste 100
Billings, MT 59101
(406) 657-6790



John Kerry (D-MA) was a co-sponsor of the 2000 bill introduced by Senator Dick Durbin to shut down the School of Americas.

Washington D.C. Office
218 Russell Bldg.
Second Floor
Washington D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2742
Boston Office
One Bowdoin Square
Tenth Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 565-8519


Jon Kyl (R-AZ) does not have an established record concerning his possible support for the closure of the School of Americas.

Washington, DC Office
730 Hart SOB    
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4521
Phoenix Office
2200 East Camelback
Suite 120
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-3455
Phone: (602) 840-1891



Pat Toomey (R-PA) does not have an established record concerning his possible support for the closure of the School of Americas.

Washington, D.C. Office
502 Hart SOB
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4254
Scranton Office
538 Spruce Street
Suite 302
Scranton, PA 18503
Phone: (570) 941-3540   

Rob Portman (R-OH) does not have an established record concerning his possible support for the closure of the School of Americas.

Cincinnati, OH Office
36 East 7th Street Rm 2615
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513)684-3265 

 

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