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DEFICIT SUPERCOMMITTEE launches website – The Hill

September 13, 2011

Deficit supercommittee launches website

By Peter Schroeder – 09/13/11 09:58 AM ET

Congress’s supercommittee now has an online presence, as the deficit-busting panel launched its website Tuesday.

The site, found at, comes on the same day that the panel of 12 lawmakers holds its first substantive hearing.

The lawmakers charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion by Thanksgiving will hear from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf.

The new website is still fairly lean, but will stream the panel’s public hearings. A number of lawmakers and advocacy groups had called on the supercommittee to conduct all its business in public, with some lawmakers even going so far as to introduce legislation to that effect.

The website also includes a form that allows the public to weigh in on the group’s work.

“Pass along your suggestions to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction,” the site states on its front page, above a link leading to the form. “What can we do to reduce our nation’s deficit?”

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) set up similar request forms on their website. While Baucus’s page was intended only for Montanans, Portman said he had received over 3,000 suggestions for cutting the deficit.

The panel’s website also archives previous hearings. A video of the supercommittee’s first hearing, held Thursday to establish its rules, was posted on the site’s front page when it went live.

The site also includes a copy of those rules, as well as links to all 12 members’ websites. A calendar listing the group’s upcoming meetings, but for the time being is empty, save for the organizational meeting and Tuesday’s discussion with Elmendorf.

via Deficit supercommittee launches website – The Hill’s On The Money.


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