By ANDRE FRANCISCO
Reps. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Mike Quigley (D-IL), and James Renacci (R-OH) have introduced a bipartisan bill to mandate transparency for the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, or "Super Committee." The bill includes many of the recommendations made by POGO, along with 13 other organizations, in a letter sent on August 8 to congressional leaders urging proactive steps towards an open Super Committee.
The Deficit Committee Transparency Act, H.R. 2860, would require Super Committee Members to report any meetings with registered lobbyists or other people seeking to influence the Committee. These meetings would have to be disclosed within 48 hours, a provision POGO and partners advocated for again in our letter to Super Committee Members sent last week.
Contributions to Committee Members or PACs they are affiliated with would also have to be publicly disclosed within 48 hours. The bill also mandates the creation of an official website that will stream video of all Committee meetings and serve as a central hub for information about the Committee's actions. It also requires that the Committee's report and proposed legislative language be published online 72 hours before a vote.
The bill is in line with POGO’s frequent suggestions for a transparent Super Committee, and we hope that the bill quickly becomes law so the Super Committee can conduct its work with the benefit of strict transparency rules.
Andre Francisco is a POGO Communications Associate.
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