But some special interests are essentially forgoing the website, opting instead to use back-door channels to lawmakers to exert influence. The American Petroleum Institute, for instance, has declined to submit a formal recommendation but is using its personal contacts with super committee members to lobby against closing tax loopholes for oil companies, the Times reports.
Nearly 200 companies and special interests have reported that they are lobbying the super committee, Politico reports, after reviewing recent federal lobbying filings. The health care industry has reportedly sent the most lobbyists to pressure the 12 lawmakers.
Members of Congress, particularly Republicans, are looking for ways to scale back federal health spending. If the super committee fails to agree to a plan for $1.2 trillion in savings, that would "trigger" across-the-board spending cuts, including payment reductions for Medicare providers.
"It's not like they are looking at ways to improve anything. They are just looking at ways to chop," Rick Pollack, a lobbyist for the American Hospital Association, told Politico.
The Defense industry has the most to lose if the super committee fails to meet its mandate and the "trigger" is pulled. The trigger includes $600 billion in defense cuts, and the defense and aerospace industry launched an aggressive lobbying blitz last month to stop that from happening.
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