Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-01), today announced that he has co-sponsored H.R. 2796, a bill that requires the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the "Super Committee") to meet openly and conduct its business in a transparent manner.
"As I traveled my district during the August Recess, people across the State told me about their concerns about the power of the Super Committee," said Congressman Gosar. "Congress has entrusted this Committee with a serious responsibility--changing the course of our supertanker of spending and debt. Matters so important need to be conducted in public, via an open and transparent process, if the American people are going to accept the legitimacy of any recommendations."
H.R. 2796 ensures that all "Super Committee" hearings and meetings are done in a transparent manner through live television broadcasts, advanced public notification, and public attendance. Classified material would be the only exception. The 12-person bipartisan panel, including Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, has until November 23 to report back to Congress with recommendations of at least $1.2 trillion in additional budget savings over the next 10 years.
"I thank my colleague from Arizona, Congressman Gosar, for joining me in the cause to let sun shine on the joint committee," Rep. Buchanan said. "This is a pivotal point in our nation's history. The public and the press have a right to see this process unfold."
Congressman Buchanan's legislation mirrors legislation introduced by Nevada Senator Dean Heller, S. 1501.
Congressman Gosar came to Congress to change the status quo and restore public faith in their government. He is committed to bringing better transparency to the federal government and opening up the dialogue between Capitol Hill and Arizonans.