‘Supercommittee’ Members’ States: How Many Residents Depend on Entitlements?

Women are used to being under-represented in Congress: There are only 17 women in the U.S. Senate (out of 100) and 76 women in the U.S. House of Representatives (out of 435). Unsurprisingly, only one woman — Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), also a co-chair, sits on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or “super committee,” which has been assigned to trim at least $1.2 trillion from the deficit over the next 10 years. The American Independent analyzed statistics from each state the super committee members represent to see how dependent, on average, the states’ residents, and their women, are on some of the entitlement programs they are proposing to cut. TAI predominantly relied on state-by-state information compiled by the National Women’s Law Center.

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