Beyond the intransigence of members of Congress, here is another reason to be doubtful that the “supercommittee” will craft a fair and balanced deficit-reduction plan: According to a Washington Post analysis, “nearly 100 registered lobbyists used to work for members of the supercommittee, now representing defense companies, health care conglomerates, Wall Street banks and others with a vested interest in the panel’s outcome. . . . Three Democrats and three Republicans on the panel also employ former industry lobbyists on their staffs.” Watchdog groups also have complained that the members of the supercommittee are allowed to raise money while they work on the deal, creating more opportunity for lobbyists and special interests to influence the negotiations.
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