By close of business tomorrow, all standing committees in the House and Senate must submit to the Super Committee their... View ArticleContinue reading
Today’s New York Times reports that Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are concerned about the super... View ArticleContinue reading
That lobbyists are influencing Super Committee members is a “dog bites man” story. Corporate lobbyists are eager to earn their... View ArticleContinue reading
Roll Call, and now Politico, have important stories about the super committee meeting in secret. It’s becoming clear that the... View ArticleContinue reading
Yesterday, Representatives Loebsack, Quigley and Renacci sent a Dear Colleague to their colleagues asking them to cosponsor HR 2860, the... View ArticleContinue reading
Thursday morning the Super Committee will convene for the fourth time since its creation in response to the debt crisis over the summer. The committee, officially named the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, conducted a breakfast meeting behind closed doors Sept. 15, despite the insistence of transparency by government watchdog groups and fellow legislators. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., released a statement expressing his disappointment regarding the private breakfast.
At the last open meeting, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director, Doug Elmendorf administered a dose of reality to members when answering their questions. Elmendorf stated that in order for the CBO ...Continue reading
This past Friday, Sunlight Foundation joined by Public Citizen hosted a special conference call briefing our members and supporters on... View ArticleContinue reading
Today at 2pm ET, Sunlight and Public Citizen will be hosting a special conference call to update activists on the... View ArticleContinue reading
Our DC, a SEIU-linked protest group that stopped the first Super Committee meeting, has been regularly delivering a pro-jobs message to congressional Republicans: with some 100 protesters outside House Speaker John Boehner's speech at the Economic Club of Washington yesterday, according to organizers, who said the protest was in support of the American Jobs Act.
Last Tuesday, it organized a protest at the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the so-called the Super Committee.
“Jobs! Now!” about 25 unemployed or underemployed protesters shouted outside the room, bringing the meeting to a brief halt. “Jobs! Now ...Continue reading
As the 12 members of the “super committee” scour the nation’s budget searching for at least $1.2 trillion in federal cuts, Washington lobbyists are watching their every move, hoping to protect the interests of their clients.
Some attend fundraisers, ponying up as much as $1,000, $2,000 or $5,000 for face time with a member. Some seek private meetings with members or their staff in Capitol Hill offices. And for some, attending the hearings — being seen while watching the proceedings — is the way to go.
But how do lobbyists get in — much less into front-row seats ...