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  • 5 Transparency Ideas for the New Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction

    Upon taking control of the U.S. House in January, Republicans implemented sweeping reforms to make the People’s House more transparent and accessible. Now they’ll have a chance to bolster their good-government credentials with the newly created Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.

    Twelve lawmakers from the House and Senate will serve on the joint committee, according to language in the Budget Control Act. Its goal is to make recommendations to reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion.

    The Sunlight Foundation, an organization that advocates for greater government openness and transparency, earlier today outlined five transparency priorities for House and Senate leaders to consider as they organize the new committee:

    1. Official meetings and hearings should be webcast online.
    2. Recommendations should be posted for 72 hours before a final committee vote.
    3. Committee members should disclose meetings with lobbyists.
    4. Committee members should post campaign contributions online.
    5. Committee members and staffers should be post financial disclosures online.

    Lawmakers are already responding with legislation. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Super Committee Sunshine Act shortly after President Obama signed the Budget Control Act this afternoon. Vitter’s proposal would require members of the new committee to disclose campaign donations of more than $1,000 while they serve on the panel.

    “Given the important work this committee will be doing over the next four months, it’s just plain good government for the public to know what special interests are trying to influence the committee,” said Vitter, who opposed the Budget Control Act.

    Vitter’s bill would apply the Federal Election Commission’s disclosure requirements to the committee. For instance, political candidates and their leadership PACs must publicly disclose donations every 48 hours during the 12 days before a primary and 12 days before a general election. Those same rules would apply to members of Congress serving on the committee.

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities, Scribe [slideshow_deploy]

    6 Responses to 5 Transparency Ideas for the New Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction

    1. LibertyAtStake says:

      Good to see the smart guys working after hours. The republic is going to need more of that.

      d(^_^)b http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
      "Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

    2. Jeff, Illinois says:

      This panel is a travesty for our nation . . resulting ultimately from having negotiated with the economic uninformed . . aka the Tea Party . . who unknowingly are lobbying against their own interests.

      • Bobbie says:

        ooh, their own interests of freedom and independence being removed by government design. How terrible for the tea party to fight for that… what terrorists!

        idiots call the tea party, terrorists?? and those who blow themselves up with any life around them, noble country men? What accurate judges of character!!! and very well paid!!!!!…
        always be vigilante, the tea party might get ya with love of freedom and independence!! LOOK OUT THERE WE ARE!!!!!

    3. quiznilo says:

      ya Jeff, you forgot to mention that we're also terrorists.

    4. Pingback: 5 ideas sobre transparencia para el nuevo Comité de Reducción del Déficit | Heritage Libertad

    5. Stirling says:

      Is it true that this "joint committee" requires only those who voted "yes" on the budget deal can serve on it? If I'am correct this would exclude those in the tea party leaders who would work in the best intrest of the country.

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