Along with the 11 other congressional members in this gallery, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R) of Arizona has been named to the powerful new United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, popularly known as the 'super committee,' that will try to come up with a bipartisan plan this fall to reduce the federal budget deficit by more than $1 trillion. J. Scott Applewhite/AP/File
Sen. Robert Jones 'Rob' Portman (R) of Ohio worked on the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998. Mr. Portman, who served as a US representative from 1993 to 2005, has said that his proudest moments then were 'when we passed the balanced budget agreement and the welfare reform bill.' AP/File
Sen. Pat Toomey (R) of Pennsylvania has strongly advocated deregulation of the financial services industry since he was a freshman Congressman. He stated in 1999, 'The trend in deregulation, beginning in the early 1980s, is one of the biggest reasons for the sustained economic expansion.' Alex Brandon/AP
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R) of Michigan is a member of the Zero Capital Gains Tax Caucus. He said of the Obama administration's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 'If it is bad for small businesses, it is bad for America, and this health care law is bad for both.' Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP/File
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R) of Texas is the Co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the Vice Chair of the Committee on Financial Services, and serves on the House Committee on the Budget. Mr. Hensarling has consistently supported free trade policies. According to the National Taxpayer Union, Hensarling scored the highest pro-taxpayer rating in the Texas delegation. Charles Dharapak/AP/File
Rep. Fred Upton (R) of Michigan is Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Considered a moderate conservative, he was one of only three Republicans to vote against extending the Bush tax cuts on capitol gains and dividends in 2005. Charles Dharapak/AP/File
Sen. Max Baucus (D) of Montana is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance and Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation. The United States Chamber of Commerce has given Mr. Baucus a 74 percent pro-business voting record. He has hosted economic development conferences. Evan Vucci/AP
Sen. Patty Murray (D) of Washington rose to political prominence by espousing an environmentalist agenda. She also gathered grassroots support to strike down proposed preschool program budget cuts. Elaine Thompson/AP/File
Sen. John Kerry (D) of Massachusetts is the 11th most liberal senator based on his voting records, according to the National Journal. He has stated that he opposes privatizing Social Security. Harry Hamburg/AP/File
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D) of California serves on the Committee on Ways and Means. He voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 because he 'wanted to see direct protections for responsible homeowners' in the bill. In 2008, Mr. Becerra declined the position of US Trade Representative in the administration of President-elect Obama. Lauren Victoria Burke/AP/File
House Assistant Majority Leader Rep. James Clyburn (D) of South Carolina: As Assistant Democratic Leader, he is the third-ranking Democrat in the House. He said the Republican budget 'protects tax subsidies for companies that ship jobs overseas, maintains tax giveaways to the big oil companies, and makes permanent tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, to the tune of $1 trillion.' Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP/File
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) of Maryland is strongly opposed to the GOP budget, which calls for phasing out Medicare. He has advocated deficit reduction that pairs about one dollar of tax increases with about three dollars of spending cuts. Charles Dharapak/AP/File
A Chinese woman was allegedly beaten to death at a McDonald's restaurant by anti-Communist cult members who considered her 'a demon.' The five members of the "All-powerful Spirit" group are on trial for murder.
ByLouise Watt, Associated Press
Five people stood trial Thursday in the beating death of a woman at a McDonald's restaurant in eastern China who reportedly refused to join their anti-Communist Christian sect — a high-profile crime that led to a wave of arrests of cult suspects.