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Super Committee

Message to the 99%: Help Stop the 1% From Using the Super Committee to Rob the American People

Nancy Altman | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics
Nancy Altman

The secretive and unaccountable Super Committee is meeting behind closed doors and proposing devastating cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that would be shouldered by the 99%.

Jesus Never Asked if the Poor Were Deserving

Pat LaMarche | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

Ironically at this time of year and in the name of Jesus Christ, folks who otherwise point fingers seem to drop the accusations and pick up their check books.

Haunt the House and Senate This Halloween

Ellen Miller | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics
Ellen Miller

In less than a month the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction will send Congress their recommendations to cut at least $1.2 trillion. If that wasn't frightening enough, a majority of their work has taken place behind closed doors.

Wanna See a Real Ass Kicking (Itself)? Read the Dems' "Super Committee" Proposal

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The system's seriously broken when unelected super-legislators from both parties keep trying to top each other in proposing inhumane and unpopular programs.

Sam Stein

Obama Administration Eyes Super Committee As 'Avenue' To Move Jobs Bill | Sam Stein | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Still searching for mechanisms to pass pieces of the president's jobs bill, senior administration officials returned on Thursday t...

Why Super Committee Failure Is Good

Eric Sapp | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Eric Sapp

I challenge anyone: present a viable scenario for a super committee compromise that can pass the Tea Party-controlled House and is not worse than the triggers. You can't do it.

Faith Groups Target 'Super Committee' On Poverty

Posted 12.27.2011 | Religion

By Josef Kuhn Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) As the deadline for a federal deficit-reduction plan looms, religious communities are holding...

Disabled Kids And The Dow Jones: Their Common "Super Committee" Threat

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Budgets cuts hurt the stock market because investors know where they lead: to a stagnating economy where people don't have money to spend. That means the economy won't get moving again.

Michael McAuliff

WATCH: Protester Brings OWS To Super Committee, Where Dems Eye Bigger Cuts | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A protester brought the message of Occupy Wall Street to the deficit-slashing super committee on Wednesday, even as Democrats on the com...

Sam Stein

Super Committee Presentation Goes Over Required Cuts | Sam Stein | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats on the congressional super committee have produced a "presentation" that would include a roughly equal mix of spending cuts an...

Be Careful What You Cut

William C. Baker | Posted 12.26.2011 | DC
William C. Baker

At a time when the Bay states are asking farmers to do more to reduce pollution entering the Chesapeake Bay, there is danger that conservation incentives secured for Bay farmers in the last Farm Bill will be greatly reduced.

Super Congress Dems Unveil Massive Plan

Reuters/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Democrats are proposing $2.5 trillion to $3 trillion in measures to reduce the budget deficit, including revenue increases and signi...

For Super-Committee, It's "Gridlock Grover" Norquist or the Constitution

Doug Kendall | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Many questions loom over the Super Committee's work, but perhaps the biggest is whether the stripped-down process that Congress established for it can overcome Washington gridlock, or whether special interests will prevail.

Three Reasons Why It's Better for the Economy if the Super-Committee Fails to Get a Deal

Robert Creamer | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

It is far better for everyday Americans if the so-called Super Committee fails entirely to get a deal. The overarching reason is simple.

Leon Panetta Warns Of Enemy At Home

New York Times | By PETER BAKER | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics

Tan and ruddy-faced, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta took his seat in a hearing room one morning this month ready for battle. The enemy, he warned l...

Don't Cut Research: Use It to Cut the Deficit

Stephen Soumerai | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Stephen Soumerai

Congress should consult the vast body of medical literature and academic experts before making costly policy decisions.

The Super Committee is Going to Fail

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Even if the Super Committee does reach some agreement over deficit reduction, it'll be a dismal public policy failure. Fundamental changes to American law will emerge from a legislative black box, without justification or public consideration.

The Farm Bill Is a Food Bill

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Rajiv Narayan

Where the farm bill allocates resources to funding food stamps, it also incentivizes the purchase of unhealthy foods.

When Some Farm Subsidies Go Away, Will Our Food System Be Healthy?

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 12.20.2011 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Now is a critical time to start asking questions about what the consequences would be -- intended or otherwise -- if subsidies go away.

Alexander Eichler

As Budget Cuts Loom, Federal Layoffs Seem Increasingly Likely | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.20.2011 | Business

Even as the nation's economy has limped along these past few years -- with millions of Americans unable to find jobs -- the federal government has kep...

Ryan Grim

Super Committee Keeps Negotiations Under Wraps | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

The congressional super committee tasked with reshaping the social contract between the government and the American people has not had a public meetin...

U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta's Refusal to Cut Pentagon Spending Puts America at Greater Risk

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Refusal by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Members of Congress, and now the Super Committee, to cut US defense spending puts our country on a dange...

Max J. Rosenthal

Defense Secretary Blasts Congressional 'Dysfunctionality' | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sharply criticized Congress for its han...

Michael McAuliff

Democrats' Deficit Plans Highlight Super Congress Divide | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the House offered up their ideas for the budget-slashing super committee Thursday, insisting again that the effort be "bala...

Open Letter to the Super Committee

Lawrence Korb | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

Here are ten recommendations for the super committee on how they can responsibly reduce projected levels of defense spending by $677 billion over the next ten years without undermining our national security.