Ah yes, the days of closed door negotiating (as opposed to tabloid negotiating) may be here again. Members of the Super Committee have decided that mum’s the word as far as sharing details of their negotiations, as Robert Pear reports for the New York Times. ‘Far from apologizing for their secrecy, members of the committee say it shows they are making progress toward a possible agreement, establishing trust among themselves without public posturing or partisan sniping. And there is a view among some in Congress that such politically charged bargains can be struck only behind closed doors, where members can talk freely, insulated from the special interests that could swoop in to try to kill elements of an agreement,’ Robert writes. As one might expect, not everyone shares this view: ”The American people deserve to know what is happening in this committee,’ said Senator Kelly Ayotte, Republican of New Hampshire, noting that the panel’s recommendations would go directly to the floor of the House and the Senate. ‘These negotiations should be fully open. We don’t get a better result for the people of this country when things are done behind closed doors.'” Read the New York Times article.
Want to learn more about the Super Committee? Check out these interesting resources:
Families USA Super Committee Profiles – This piece profiles the members of that committee, providing information about their stance on Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act, as well as where they stand regarding the inclusion of revenue as part of a debt reduction plan. Members of the committee are listed in alphabetical order by party affiliation, with the House members listed first.
Families USA on Medicaid and the Super Committee – The super committee can consider anything in the deficit reduction plan, from restructuring Medicaid to raising revenue. It’s imperative that revenues make up a significant part of deficit reduction and that Medicaid not be cut. Here are some messages for super committee members.