Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction co-chairmen Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Texas Republican, are being pressed "to stabilize our debt as a share of the economy and assure America's fiscal well-being." (Associated Press)
**FILE** In this photo from July 27, 2011, Sen. Patty Murray (right), Washington Democrat, speaks as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, listens at a news conference on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)
** FILE ** In this July 27, 2011, file photo, Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, speaks as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid listens at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, he's naming Murray to co-chair a powerful "super committee" charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV, left) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA, right) are joined by approximately half of the democratic caucus as they hold a press conference following the democratic caucus at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, April 8, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)
President Obama headlines a rally for Sen. Patty Murray at the University of Washington in Seattle during a four-day, five state campaign swing focusing on tight races in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest.
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray is likely to face GOP favorite Dino Rossi in Washington's election for the Senate seat. In recent polls, Mr. Rossi trails Mrs. Murray by about 4 percentage points. (AP Photo)
Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, second from left, glances at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, right, during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, after a Senate vote that would clear the way for a $26 billion measure to help states with their severe budget problems and save the jobs of tens of thousands of teachers and other public employees . From left are, Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, Mrs. Murray, Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat, and Mr. Reid. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)