By Walter Alarkon - 04/30/10 06:39 PM EDT
The 18 members of the panel will also be split up into three working groups, one focused on entitlement programs, another focused on discretionary spending and a third focused on taxes. Those meetings won't necessarily be open to the public, but all the commission's materials and correspondence will be part of the public record, McKay said.
President Barack Obama is asking the 18-member bipartisan panel to produce a deficit-reduction plan in December. Democratic congressional leaders have pledged to hold floor votes on the plan later that month. For any plan to make it out of the commission, it must get the support of 14 members.