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GOP lawmaker calls for no more secret budget talks

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Rep. Vern Buchanan, Florida Republican, called for all negotiations on the budget and spending in Washington to be opened to the public on Monday.

“In the past, massive legislative measures have been written in the middle-of-the-night by a handful of members and staff, and then quickly passed into law before the American people have a chance to even see what the final version looks like, let alone determine how they feel about it,” Mr. Buchanan said. “This is not acceptable.”

The 29-member, bipartisan budget conference, lead by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, and GOP House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was formed as part of the agreement that ended the government shutdown last week. The group, which is supposed to reach a 10-year budget plan by Dec. 13, will begin meeting Oct. 28.

Though it’s unclear what specific recommendations could come out of conversations, both sides have talked about tackling long-term spending in tax and entitlement reform.

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