We’ve officially entered a new phase in the supercommittee negotiations. Just as yesterday’s public hearing was being held, news was... View ArticleContinue reading
The Super Committee is Going to Fail
One way or another, the Super Committee is going to fail. If the 7 of the 12 Members of the... View ArticleContinue reading
Super Committee, Boehner speech protests linked to major labor group
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
Sen. Kerry Speaks on Super Committee Influence
In his first extensive interview about his membership on the Super Committee—the super powerful deficit reduction committee charged with finding $1.5... View ArticleContinue reading
More on Open Meetings for the Super Committee
A number of press reports suggest today that the Super Committee’s rules permit it to close meetings to the public.... View ArticleContinue reading
Bipartisan Bill Would Expose Efforts to Influence Super Committee
Representatives Loebsack (D-IA), Quigley (D-IL) and Renacci (R-OH) introduced the Deficit Committee Transparency Act today, an important bill that would... View ArticleContinue reading
Super Committee Will Hold Public Meetings
We’re enormously relieved to read that the Super Committee will hold public meetings: Both meetings are open to the public... 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
Close to Home, Part 2: DC’s Open Meetings Act
Although we preach the importance of public meetings, we recognize that there are some legitimate frustrations to be had with... View ArticleContinue reading
Super Committee Transparency: Not Going Away
Just a reminder: the issue of transparency for the Super Committee isn’t going away. It’s been three weeks since the... View ArticleContinue reading