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

Rita Dove: "Collected Poems: 1974 - 2004"

A conversation with Rita Dove, former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner.

NPR

Frozen Food Fears: 4 Things To Know About The Listeria Recall

The FDA issued a massive recall of frozen fruits and vegetables this week. Here's what you need to know about the nasty bug that's causing all the problems.
WAMU 88.5

Back From The Breach: Moving The Federal Workforce Forward

A year after a massive cyber breach compromised the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, Kojo talks with OPM Acting Director Beth Cobert about her agency and key issues facing the federal workforce.

WAMU 88.5

Why Medical Error Is The Third Leading Cause Of Death In The U.S.

New research shows medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 250,000 people a year. Why there are so many mistakes, and what can be done to improve patient safety.

Leave a Comment

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