Sep 08 2011
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman joined his Senate colleagues in demanding transparency from the new joint deficit reduction committee commonly referred to as the supercommittee, in advance of the committee’s first meeting today.
“I think the supercommittee has a great opportunity to help us reduce the deficit which we all agree is out-of-control,” Boozman said during a morning press conference.
Created by the “Budget Control Act,” the supercommittee is tasked with cutting more than $1 trillion in deficit spending by Thanksgiving. In August, Boozman joined six of his colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leadership calling for meetings of this committee to be open to the public and available for television broadcast.
Boozman said he believes transparency is a step in the right direction to regaining confidence in Washington.
“I believe with all of my heart that the people of Arkansas, the people of American have the right to understand what goes on as we make some very significant decisions in trying to determine how we reduce the deficit,” Boozman said.
To watch Boozman’s remarks during the press conference click here.