By Vicki Needham - 09/06/11 09:52 PM EDT
Hatch made this decision after consulting with Republican members.
“The deficit reduction committee is ultimately charged with finding over a trillion dollars in savings, but we still have the ability to provide constructive solutions and put forward creative ideas," he said.
The 12-member bipartisan panel will aim to reduce the debt by $1.5 trillion.
The supercommittee’s recommendations must be reported out by Nov. 23 and voted up or down in the House and Senate by Dec. 23.
"That’s exactly what we’ll do, by carefully scrutinizing every program and agency that falls under the Finance Committee’s jurisdiction to bring our over $14.5 trillion debt under control," he said.
Hatch cited the Budget Control Act of 2011 that permits congressional committees of jurisdiction to submit recommendations. The Finance Committee has jurisdiction over programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, welfare and trade and tax policy.