Statement of Patrice McDermott, Executive Director of OpenTheGovernment.org:
We are particularly concerned that Speaker Boehner has now said that he has “no knowledge of the plan” to pass the bipartisan, bicameral FOIA reform bill. If accountability and making the federal government answer to the public is really a priority for the Republican Caucus, passing this bill should be a priority. The House passed the House companion bill 410 – 0. The Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent after the open government community waged an all-out war against a last second attempt by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other independent agencies that are supposed to be on the public’s side to stop the bill. It’s up to Speaker Boehner to put this bill to a vote and create the levels of open government the public needs. We call on Speaker Boehner to work with Minority Leader Pelosi to pass S.2520 by unanimous consent.
Statement of Danielle Brian, Chair of OpenTheGovernment.org and Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight — POGO:
For all of his talk about his desire to hold the Obama Administration accountable, we find it unfathomable that that Speaker John Boehner would allow a bill that strengthens and reforms the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to die without a vote.
S.2520 is a critical bill that strengthens the Office of Government Information Services—an important FOIA watchdog—and would force agencies to finally deliver the levels of transparency that President Obama promised on his first day in office in 2009. We call on Speaker Boehner to do the right thing for the American public and work with Democratic Leader Pelosi to pass S.2520 by unanimous consent before the House leaves for the year.