October 26, 2011

The Super Secret Super Committee

Patricia Murphy: "In a city full of professional pundits, leakers, and speech givers, the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction are playing against type. None of the members of the so-called supercommittee is talking about how they plan to slash at least $1.2 trillion from the federal budget over the next 10 years -- the charge given to them as a part of the tortured debt-ceiling compromise deal that Congress hammered out in August."

"The committee is so secretive that even people whose jobs it is to know everything in Washington -- reporters, lobbyists, and other members of Congress -- know virtually nothing about what the six Democrats and six Republicans have discussed or ruled in or out in their search for cuts to federal spending and a possible rewrite of the tax code."

There are now less than 30 days left until the panel's Nov. 23 deadline to produce and approve a plan.


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