Much of the nation’s political attention will on twelve members of Congress Tuesday, as a debt “super-committee” holds its first working meeting.
Sixth District Congressman James Clyburn in on the panel. During an interview on MSNBC Monday morning, Clyburn says the committee, consisting of six Democrats and six Republicans, must restore citizens’ confidence in the nation’s economic system. He said that includes taking measures that will help create jobs.
“We believe very sincerely that we have to restore some equity in our tax code because that’s got people a little disappointed,” Clyburn said, “We have to make sure that job creation is on the table. I do believe that, if you’re creating jobs (and) people are going back to work, confidence goes up. People will begin to participate; and then they will see some fairness in the system. ”
Clyburn says the super committee will not be starting from the very beginning. He said the information and discussions from Vice President Joe Biden’s “committee of six” budget talks in the spring will be valuable as a starting point.
“We had 10 meetings averaging two hours per meeting. We have the benefit of Simpson-Bowles (National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility) report, along with the Domenici-Rivlin (Debt Reduction Task Force) report. We have the informational reports side-by-side that’s been around for more than 12 months. So we are not starting from scratch here.”
The committee’s work gets underway with a public hearing Tuesday.