Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Pelosi, Reid Transparency Clear as Molasses

The administrations call for 'Transparency' I guess has not been heard in the congress. Or maybe it has and these resent actions is a redefinition of the word.

There is an effort to have bills available for 72 hours before they are voted on. The fight is on by the majority in congress to NOT let this happen.

Transparency clear as molasses...

Congressional leaders fight against posting bills online

At town hall meetings across the country this past summer, the main topic was health care, but there was a strong undercurrent of anger over the way Congress rushed through passage of the stimulus, global warming and bank bailout bills without seeming to understand the consequences. The stimulus bill, for example, was 1,100 pages long and made available to Congress and the public just 13 hours before lawmakers voted on it. The bill has failed to provide the promised help to the job market, and there was outrage when it was discovered that the legislation included an amendment allowing American International Group, a bailout recipient, to give out millions in employee bonuses.

"If someone had a chance to look at the bill, they would have found that out," said Lisa Rosenberg, who lobbies Congress on behalf of the Sunlight Foundation to bring more transparency to government.

The foundation has begun an effort to get Congress to post bills online, for all to see, 72 hours before lawmakers vote on them.

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