GOP House member calls for open budget conference meetings

The conference committee — which will be lead by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and her House counterpart Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — was formed as part of a broader financial deal to temporarily fund the government and prevent U.S. default on its payments. Conferees have until Dec. 13 to report back to both chambers with a deal.

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Buchanan said the conference meetings, which officially start on Oct. 28, should be open to the public and the media because negotiations are likely to include major issues such as tax reforms and entitlement cuts.

“In the past, massive legislative measures have been written in the middle-of-the-night by a handful of members and staff, and then quickly passed into law before the American people have a chance to even see what the final version looks like, let alone determine how they feel about it,” Buchanan said.  “This is not acceptable.”

Conferees have their work cut out for them with a nearly $90 billion difference between the House and Senate budget resolutions for 2014 alone.

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