Mattie Duppler, of Americans For Tax Reform in Washington, D.C., says fiscal cliff negotiations should be out in the open

11:36 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) --- Neither the White House nor the Office of Speaker of the House John Boehner were providing any details on Monday of the face-to-face meeting Sunday between Boehner and President Obama where they attempted to negotiate a resolution of the impending Fiscal Cliff crisis.

The negotiations have been held behind closed doors, something Americans For Tax Reform would like to see changed.

"We've been saying for quite some time that all of these kinds negotiations, whether they're for small little bills, whether they are for big things like the fiscal cliff, should be done out in the open.

"We're the ones who sent congress to represent us up here in Washington. Taxpayers should know what's going on as the lawmakers debate this kind of policy and I think it would be good for policy makers and for citizens who want to know what's happening in Washington, because it means you have to stand by your policy proposals that you're giving, that you're putting on the table.

"You can't say that you offered something if you've got a million people watching on tv. They'll be able to see if thats true or not, and I think that benefits the country and it benefits policymakers because they know that have to be honest in this deal making," said Mattie Duppler, Director of Budget and Regulatory Policy at Americans For Tax Reform.

"I think you woud see some serious negotiations from these lawmakers. Right now, I think the public is fairly disappointed with how the negotiations have gone.

"There is this idea, and I think there is a concern, that policymakers aren't serious about this problem. They aren't serious about fixing this problem . They're not serious about really finding a solution that actually addresses the concerns that taxpayers have moving towards this fiscal cliff.

"What you see is a lot of posturing. you see the president coming to the table saying he has offered some type of deal when, in reality, all he has done is sent Treasury Secretary Geithner to have a laundry list of things he would like to have without having any kind of Republican input.

"And you see the Republicans coming to the table, Speaker Boehner, saying that he has a plan that would allow for some revenue, that would allow for some spending cuts, that would really be a place to start the negotiations.

"I think taxpayers would like to be able to see those plans, be able to read them for themselves, be able to understand what kind of negotiation is happening between these two parties, rather than trying to hear it as it trickles down from these lawmakers through the press and finally to them," Duppler told 9News Now.

There has been no indication that either side wants to negotiate on television despite the increased public understanding that might come from such an arrangement.

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