Speak Up Now

Submitted by ub on Sat, 08/06/2011 - 00:02

After reaching an agreement to raise the U.S. debt ceiling and avoid default, Congressional leaders now face a new challenge: forming the debt “Super Committee”.

When it comes to picking members of the “Super Committee” — a group that will decide the future of many social programs relied upon by millions of Americans — We urge Congressional leaders from both sides, Republican Speaker John Boehner, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, to appoint an equal number of men, women and to include minorities to this 12-person bipartisan committee.

It is imperative that every representative of this diverse nation be at the table and that all voices are heard. The “Super Committee” will be tasked with making critical judgments that will likely affect social programs that we all depend on – like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Additionally, we urge Boehner, Pelosi, McConnell, and Reid — who will inevitably be the subjects of increased media attention as they compose the “Super Committee” — to grant interviews to press who are equally male and female. The media is the lifeblood of our democracy, and greatly affects public discourse.

The positions, priorities, and perspectives of our multicultural nation need to be heard.

Please, send a letter to Boehner, Pelosi, McConnell, and Reid urging them to include a representative balance in the "Super Committee" and the crucial press interviews the House and Senate leadership engage in.