Deficit supercommittee member Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says he has received more than 3,000 suggestions for how to reduce the deficit through his website, and says he is looking at them as possibilities to raise when the committee gets to work later this month.
"We are taking them seriously, passing them along, sometimes to other committees," Portman said in an interview with Ohio's Community Press. "Some people have written in about energy policy or healthcare. I think it'll be very helpful."
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has also set up a electronic suggestion page, although he said that page is only intended for Montanans to use.
"I think sometimes it's missed, that the commitment that members have made... is not to impose net new tax burdens on the economy," he said. "So it does not preclude reforming the tax code."
-- This story was updated at 1:32 p.m. to correct Portman's last quote on tax reform.