OpenTheGovernment Welcomes Senate Passage of Bipartisan FOIA Reform

OpenTheGovernment.org warmly welcomes the Senate's passage of S. 2520, the bipartisan FOIA Improvement Act, and thanks Chairman Leahy (D-VT), Ranking Member Grassley (R-IA), and Senator Cornyn (R-TX) for their tireless championship of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

According to Patrice McDermott, Executive Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, "This bill includes several much-needed reforms that will help make federal agencies more open and accountable to the public. Today the Senate proved that they can work across the aisle to pass legislation that will make the government more effective."

Passage of the bill was uncertain in light of a hold placed on the bill by Senator Rockefeller. We are happy that the bill's sponsors were able to work with Senator Rockefeller to address his concerns and make sure this vital piece of legislation can still be passed before the 113th Congress ends.

A bill that included several similar provisions was passed by the House unanimously earlier this year. The House bill was championed by Chairman Issa and Ranking Member Cummings of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

"Congress has clearly recognized that the public's right to information needs to be strengthened," continued Dr. McDermott. "We are happy to have committed Members of Congress in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle, and we encourage the House to take up the bill as soon as possible."

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