The so-called congressional super committee is the wrong vehicle to carry out policy and is "illegitimate," Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said in an interview with Loop21 on Wednesday.
Suggesting that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, benefited from the debt-ceiling negotiations that resulted in the formation of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Waters said she wants to "repeal the super committee."
"Boehner walked away saying he got 98 percent of what he wanted. The debt-ceiling negotiations were harmful and the super committee is the wrong way of going about good public policy. No 12 members of Congress can represent the entire American body," Waters told Loop21, a website that covers economic and race issues.
Waters's comments come after recent remarks critical of President Obama and the tea party, the conservative faction whose influence shaped the debate in Congress on the debt ceiling, and suggest that Obama is open to criticism from his political left, as well as his right.
Despite the her criticism of Obama's handling of the deficit, Waters said she supports the president's jobs act, which he sent to Congress on Monday.
"I’m pleased the president did present what appears to be a substantial jobs act to create jobs by repairing the nation’s infrastructure, and schools across the nation, and also investing in small communities," Waters said.
Still, Waters was skeptical that the bill would leave liberals wanting more.
"We have to make sure it’s not just a tax-cut bill that’s only in anticipation of employers hiring, but that they are actually hiring. Now the real work begins," she said.
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