Boehner's suggestion for transparency is a hit

Boehner’s suggestion for transparency is a hit

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

The Columbus Dispatch, 5/31/09, 6:50 AM — House Minority Leader John Boehner has a helpful suggestion for President Barack Obama on making government more open and transparent — and, by the way, it’s No. 1 on a White House-sponsored Web site for such ideas.

Boehner, a West Chester Republican, posted his suggestion a little more than a week ago: that the Obama administration support a requirement that all bills in Congress be made public for review for at least 72 hours before a floor vote. As of Friday morning, it was the clear leader in the “making government operations more open” category, with 784 votes in favor and 103 against.

“If the administration chose to support such a review and follow through on its own promise to allow for five days of public comment on all bills before signing, it would represent a good first step toward greater transparency and accountability in government spending,” Boehner wrote.

The issue of whether House Democratic leaders are rushing bills, such as the $787 billion stimulus package, to the floor without even following their own policy of a 48-hour waiting period has been a bone of contention. As The Dispatch has noted this year, even some Democrats have complained. But they complained about the same thing when they were the minority and the GOP controlled floor action. It has been a bipartisan problem.

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