Congressman Jim Clyburn today spoke to the press about the work of the Committee of 12, a select group of members of Congress who must cut $1.2 trillion in spending by November 23. The panel is the solution to a political gridlock between Capitol Hill Republicans and the president.
If they cannot agree on spending cuts, that will trigger a $600 billion cut to entitlements and $600 cut from defense.
Rep. Clyburn says this is not the optimal way to make these decisions, but the prescribed cuts are motivation for the panel to succeed.
AUDIO: Clyburn on Baucus plan, revenue increases, affects of triggered cuts (9:00)
The panel has been meeting often, says Clyburn, most of those in private. South Carolina Radio Network’s Ashley Byrd spoke with him about such important decisions being made behind closed doors.
AUDIO: Clyburn on private meetings, pledges impede work. (4:30)
We’ll have more from Clyburn tomorrow. Stay tuned.