Congresss supercommittee now has an online presence, as the deficit-busting panel launched its website Tuesday.

The site, found at deficitreduction.gov, comes on the same day that the panel of 12 lawmakers holds its first substantive hearing.

{mosads}The lawmakers charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion by Thanksgiving will hear from Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf.

The new website is still fairly lean, but will stream the panels public hearings. A number of lawmakers and advocacy groups had called on the supercommittee to conduct all its business in public, with some lawmakers even going so far as to introduce legislation to that effect.

The website also includes a form that allows the public to weigh in on the groups work.


Pass along your suggestions to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the site states on its front page, above a link leading to the form. What can we do to reduce our nations deficit?

Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) set up similar request forms on their websites. While Baucuss page was intended only for Montanans, Portman said he had received more than 3,000 suggestions for cutting the deficit.

The supercommittees website also archives previous hearings. A video of the panels first hearing, held last Thursday to establish its rules, was posted on the sites front page when it went live.

The site also includes a copy of those rules, as well as links to all 12 members websites. A calendar lists the groups upcoming meetings, but for the time being its empty, save for the organizational meeting and Tuesdays discussion with Elmendorf.

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