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Md. Sen. Cardin Hopes To Influence Super Committee

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Senator Cardin Hopes to Use His Influence To Sway Super Committee
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Senator Cardin Hopes to Use His Influence To Sway Super Committee

Even though Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin isn't on the joint congressional committee charged with cutting the debt, he's hoping to have some influence on the process because of his position in Congress.

Next week Congress returns to Washington, and all eyes will be on the so-called "super committee" tasked with cutting more than $1 trillion in federal spending. The committee is made up of just twelve lawmakers from both chambers.

Senator Cardin isn't part of the elite group, but he's hoping to have some say in the cuts because he sits on both the Budget Committee and the Finance Committee, which have jurisdiction over entitlement programs and the tax code.

"During that process there will be a formal way that the committees of jurisdiction will be able to communicate with the super committee," says Cardin. "The Budget Committee will be relevant. The Senate Finance Committee will be very relevant."

Cardin is hoping the super committee keeps the public informed throughout its deliberations.

"We are talking about an incredible amount of authority that's in this committee, and if it's not transparent then I think its chances of success are remote," he adds.

When the committee is finished, Congress will hold up or down votes on the group's recommendations.

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