A number of press reports suggest today that the Super Committee’s rules permit it to close meetings to the public.... View ArticleContinue reading
Super Committee Transparency Update: Rules Adopted
The “Super Committee” has just finished its first organizational meeting, and we now know a little more about how it’s... View ArticleContinue reading
Donors to super committee Senate Dems lobby for tax breaks, federal funding
Companies that earn billions from Pentagon contracts and lobby for billions more, universities that receive billions in research funding and financial firms that oppose new taxes and support old tax breaks for their industry figure in the top career donors to the three Senate Democrats on the super committee.
As we noted in our previous post on the three House Republicans on the super committee, the dozen members of the super committee--formally known as the Joint Select Committee on Debt Reduction--all have private interests backing them who are far more concerned with their own bottom lines than they are with ...Continue reading
Official SuperCommittee Meetings Must be Public
Over the last week, the push for an open “supercommittee” has grown into a national issue. The issue has become... View ArticleContinue reading
Super Committee Transparency Updates
TPM has an important summary of the growing push for a transparent Joint Committee (aka the “SuperCommittee” aka the “SuperCongress”),... View ArticleContinue reading
Report: Reid names Murray, Baucus and Kerry to Super Committee
Politico is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., plans to nominate Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., as the co-chair to the special joint committee convened to propose reductions in the debt, and Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and John Kerry, D-Mass., as his other picks. The announcement of picks to what has been dubbed the super committee will be formally announced on Wednesday.
All three have substantial ties to beltway influencers and special interests.
Sen. Patty Murray serves on the all-powerful Appropriations Committee and is chair of the Transportation Subcommittee within Appropriations. Over the two decades she has served in ...Continue reading