Monday, August 8, 2011

Just in from Capitol Hill

Republicans Push for Transparent ‘Supercommittee’

Washington--Republicans members in the House and Senate are urging transparency in the way the yet-to-be-appointed bicameral deficit-reduction “supercommittee” will go about its work. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), six GOP senators requested that supercommittee meetings not take place “behind closed doors.”

Reid and McConnell are each tasked with appointing three members of the Senate to the 12-member committee. Republican leaders are urging that all meetings of the committee “are done in a transparent manner through advanced public notification, public attendance and live television broadcasts.”

Aug. 16 is the deadline for appointment of six members from the House and six from the Senate to the committee. Its primary charge will be to come up with a $1.5 trillion deficit-reduction package for presentation to Congress before Thanksgiving, with an up-or-down vote on the proposal by Christmas.

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