As Deadline Nears, Pessimism About Super Committee | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

As Deadline Nears, Pessimism About Super Committee

Play associated audio

The so-called "super committee" in charge of cutting more than $1 trillion from the national debt meets publicly this morning for the first time in more than a month, but the D.C. region's lawmakers aren't expecting any breakthroughs.

If this morning’s hearing is anything like the last two, lobbyists, staffers, and a throng of reporters will be clamoring to get an idea of what budget items the committee is looking to slash or protect. Many lawmakers and government watchdog groups are railing against the twelve-member committee for negotiating behind closed doors. 

Northern Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D) says he expects today's hearing to be more show than substance. 

"Public hearings provide more posturing, but they don't provide more decision making -- less decision making," he says. "As far as I'm concerned, I’d rather they stay out of the public's eye and do their job."

Super committee members, including Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), have been tight-lipped of late about the direction of their negotiations. Many lawmakers and congressional experts expect them to fall short of their goal of cutting $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit, but the panel has a few weeks left to prove critics wrong. 

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 29

This week you can see a jazz concert or check out an all-glass exhibit.

NPR

Sandwich Monday: The Korean Steak Sandwich

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich with a cult following. It's the Korean steak from Rhea's Market and Deli in San Francisco.
WAMU 88.5

Opening Statements Begin Tuesday Morning In McDonnell Trial

With jury selection completed on Monday, opening statements are expected this morning in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

NPR

Brothers Exploit Loopholes In Airbnb, Kickstarter

Two brothers rented a condo in Palm Springs and began claiming tenants' rights after 30 days, then threatened to sue the owner for negligence, claiming the tap water damaged their espresso machine.

Leave a Comment

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