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Would ‘Debt Super Committee’ Transparency Be a Bad Thing?

Sen. John Kerry is among those who have been appointed to the debt supercommittee. Photo: File photo / Associated Press

Nine of the 12 “debt super committee” members have been chosen, with House Speaker John Boehner selecting three fellow Republicans to join the other six members chosen by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Only House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has yet to make her selections.

Rep. Pelosi has asked for transparency during the super committee process, calling for sessions to be made public for visitors and available to watch online. Speaker Boehner and other organizations have made the same request.

However, The Atlantic says this could be a bad thing.

The Atlantic argues that special interests are pressing for transparency because it’s their lobbying that created the one we have.

“It’s the special interests that have the greatest investment in transparency, since that would allow them to pressure the negotiators and poison the political atmosphere in advance of any deal,” the website says.

The super committee is already off to a craptastic start with the Congressional leaders making a point of choosing people who will hold fast to the views that created the debt-ceiling stalemate. A USA Today/Gallup poll found that six in 10 respondents want the supercommittee to come to some sort of compromise.

The committee so far is Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI),  and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX).

 

*Update: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader, has made her three choices: Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). More info here.

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