Secrecy fears over debt super committee
August 17th, 2011
01:44 PM ET
11 years ago

Secrecy fears over debt super committee

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Will it be the super committee, or the super-secret committee?

The 12-person deficit reduction committee hasn't even started work yet and it's already getting an earful from other lawmakers and outside advocates worried the process will play out behind closed doors.


Filed under: • Congress • Debt • Deficit • Deficit commission
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Comlaining-campaigning...Obama

    Pres Obama going around campaigning and sounding like "I have dream campaign" Maybe Congress will finally
    let me play the Leader starting early September when Pres Obama will "Unvail a job plan" Just imagine he actually has
    a plan....and already complaining that bad Congress might not agree to it....!

    August 17, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    it's already getting an earful from other lawmakers and outside advocates worried the process will play out behind closed doors
    It will play out behind closed doors with 12 people inside arguing, debating, and hopefully getting some productive work done, and the rest of you ignorant Teatards, and willy-nilly Democraps that were more than willing to fight and bicker us into default will be on the OUTSIDE....where you belong.

    August 17, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Regardless of what the committee comes up with, I'm sure the cuts and revenue increases will be drastic enough to make Congress act. The partisanship has got to stop. And if the TEAhadists hold the country hostage again, they should be tried for treason.

    August 17, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. SecedingfromTexas

    They are absolutely right, but it would not make any difference. The republicans have been given their "marching orders"
    from Koch and Norguist via the tea party: No revenue increases of any kind. So, this Committee is DOA.

    August 17, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Malty

    More committees. Why not just reduce spending? Government doesn't produce wealth and is extremely inefficient. It's time that voters vote in leaders/reps that will make tough decisions. We also need to support them in the tough decisions. Obama just caters to everyone and pays everyone off at the expense of our economy and freedom.

    August 17, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "To not have the public involved in decisions of this magnitude would be a disgrace," said John Wonderlich, policy director at the Sunlight Foundation, a group that promotes open government.
    Even if the hearings, meeting, or proceedings were televised what difference would it make? None. The public would simply be watching Congress do whatever it feels like doing, even if it is against the wishes of a plurality of voters. Televising something where there is no feedback would only make the process look like a bad TV drama. There's nothing the voters can do to influence the outcome until election day 2012, which is well after the fact.

    August 17, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Rob

    The process is *supposed* to play out behind closed doors!!! When it is out in the open, everybody is worried about getting a quote on the nightly news and looking good. No one is interested in compromising. At least behind closed doors there is the potential for an honest debate within the super committee.

    August 17, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. John, PA

    The super committee must go; Congress needs to do its job. Next; Obama and his amateur hour administration, his tax cheating appointee and Democrats need to be investigated for driving this nation into bankruptcy.

    August 17, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Kay Kramer

    With this super committee and the secrecy that has existed "will Congressional and Executive branch pay or benefits be on the table for possible cuts?" No one has said anything about this.

    August 17, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Bill from GA

    The reality is that this 'Super Committee' is responsible for finding cuts averaging $150 billion per year. Small potatoes.

    My 2 repug Senators don't listen to me anyway. I email them and I get a form response from Saxby and nothing from Johnny I.

    To the lobbyist "preparing by writing 12 really large checks." , better write another BIG check for mcconnell; he's the one that really controls the Senate.

    August 17, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Hammerer

    Washington politics as usual. Back room deals,secrecy, and sell to the highest bidder.

    August 17, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    Anything popular is done in public in the open with reporters and cameras aplenty to take take pictures of the great leaders.

    Anything UNpopular is done behind closed doors with NO reporters and NO cameras to protect the identity of the culprits.

    Accountability, responsibility, courage, doing what is right for the survival of our nation, well all that just doesn't seem to matter anymore.

    August 17, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. New Age Independent

    More Obama transparency?

    August 17, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. rs

    Nothing will be secret because the Republican/Tea Party members will have to continyally consult with their treasonous co-conspirator Grover Norquist and his "Club for Growth" – Who we learn has already plied the Republicans on the committee with $1 million to do his bidding. Yes, Republicans are the "best" government money can buy!

    August 17, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |