Super Congress Requires Super Transparency

Several years ago, I was participating in the vanguard reporting how technology was able to put us in contact with our elected officials through Real Time News. The Sun Light Foundation was leading us as we plowed on toward the cutting edge. Soon after, we had the exciting “Don’t Go!” Tweet Thunder through the new social media app known as Twitter as Speaker of the House – Nancy Pelosi – shut down debate on the porked up bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and then shut the lights off in House in what is now referred to as The Stealth Bailout.

Through out the tumultuous period, The Sun Light Foundation was calling for transparency in government. They are advocates for open and transparent government that uses current technology to shine the light of total accountability and responsibility to our elected representatives’ committee meetings.

This is what the Sun Light Foundation says about the new Super Congress for creating a budget:

Congress just pushed through the “Debt Ceiling” bill with almost no transparency. Let’s make sure the new “Super Congress” committee created by this bill operates in the open.

The Super Congress is made up of 12 members of regular Congress who have been given the power to suggest cutting $1.5 trillion dollars from the national debt. Despite the importance of their recommendations, the law that created this committee says very little about how open it should be. Right now, only the first meeting, the ultimate report and the congressional vote on the final product are required to be public.

The stakes are too high for such a powerful committee to operate out of the reach of public oversight. We demand to know what goes on behind the scenes: the Super Congress needs to be transparent about its work and about the special interests who will undoubtably try to influence their decisions. There is precedent for every single one of our recommendations for openness. Stand with us and demand that this Super Congress display a super level of accountability and transparency.

Five things that the Super Congress should post on its website:

  • Live webcasts of all official meetings and hearings
  • The Committee’s report should be posted for 72 hours before a final committee vote
  • Disclosure of every meeting held with lobbyists and other powerful interests
  • Disclosure of campaign contributions as they are received (on their campaign websites)
  • Financial disclosures of Committee members and staffers

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