Criticism Plagues Super Committee | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Criticism Plagues Super Committee

Play associated audio
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is the only local lawmaker serving on the super committee tasked with cutting $1 trillion from the federal deficit. He says the behind closed door meetings are necessary to take some of the politics out of the process.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdfriendofhillary/5251767242/
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is the only local lawmaker serving on the super committee tasked with cutting $1 trillion from the federal deficit. He says the behind closed door meetings are necessary to take some of the politics out of the process.

 

The joint select committee on deficit reduction -- which is working to identify more than $1 trillion in budget cuts -- is being criticized for lack of transparency.

If you go to the so-called super committee's website, they have a calendar for the month of October, but it's totally blank. That doesn't mean the committee isn't meeting though. They're just meeting behind closed doors. 

That means the millions of people who could be affected by their budget cuts have no idea what could be coming down the pike. Critics are calling on the committee to do more of its work in public. 

One committee member, Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D), says Congress is so partisan that working in secret creates space for the 12 committee members to negotiate openly. 

"In this polarized environment, I think it's important to have some opportunity for members to have an exchange of views," he says. The committee has until Thanksgiving to unveil its proposal to slash more than $1 trillion from the national debt. 

 

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 2, 2015

You can see an exhibit paired with its ornate inspiration. Works made with a special technique are on view at a local museum.

NPR

A Tome For Peruvian Food, By Its Most Acclaimed Ambassador

Gaston Acurio is the world's premiere cheerleader for Peruvian cuisine, and he's just written a cookbook. It features 500 recipes from around the country — including more than 20 kinds of ceviche.
NPR

U.S. House Calls On Iran To Release American Political Prisoners

Congress may soon pass a resolution calling on Iran to free several Americans being held prisoner there, and demanding information about a former FBI agent who went missing.
NPR

The Quantified Student: An App That Predicts GPA

Researchers found that a phone's activity tracker can automatically predict students' school performance.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.