Ari Berman: The Not-So-Super Committee

Ari Berman: The Not-So-Super Committee

Ari Berman: The Not-So-Super Committee

Nancy Pelosi’s additions to the Super Committee finalizes the group of twelve congresspersons tasked with deciding how to cut $1.2 trillion dollars from the federal budget.


Nancy Pelosi finally added her three selections to the "Super Committee" of twelve congresspersons tasked with deciding how to cut $1.2 trillion dollars from the federal budget—and with her selections comes some welcome racial diversity in a group of otherwise predominantly white men. However, although every Republican member of the committee signed Grover Norquist’s pledge not to increase taxes, one of the Republican selections, Michigan’s David Camp, has claimed that he may consider the forbidden tax increases, showing that anything is possible for the next three months of debate before the cuts must be finalized. 

The Nation‘s Ari Berman comments on Nancy Pelosi’s final selections for the "Super Committee" and the fate of the budget on Countdown. For more from Berman, read The Real Problem with the Congressional ‘Super-Committee’.

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