Last week I livestreamed the first closed door meeting of the president's fiscal commission. I did this out of frustration that we received no response to a letter that we sent from 81 organizations representing over 61 million Americans, asking that all the work of the commission be done in the open. Letters were also sent by Chairman John Conyers and Minority Leader Boehner asking for transparency.
Dan Froomkin sums up the problem with closed door meetings for the commission at the Huffington Post saying,
The move only heightens suspicion that rather than forging a national consensus on future spending priorities, the commission's work will consist of backroom dealings in which members of the Washington aristocracy find high-minded excuses for cutting the social safety net.
You can watch the highlights of our previous livestream here
Today is the mandatory spending working group and we will be livestreaming it the whole time (we brought a power cord this time).
Below is the livestream, it will be playing between 9:30am and 11:30am.
The members of each working group are shown below.