Make The Call For Transparency

Call Rep. Bill Flores

Ask Him to Cosponsor the Deficit Committee Transparency Act – H.R. 2860 –

Here is the latest news from Laurenellen McCann of the Sunlight Foundation and the campaign calling for transparency in the 12 member Deficit Committee Super Congress.

Good news: There’s movement in Congress for the bipartisan bill that would make the “Super Committee” more transparent, but we need your help to make the bill a reality now. H.R.2860, the Deficit Committee Transparency Act, would ensure common sense disclosure requirements — but it’s going to need some help.

Call your Representative and ask them to cosponsor the Deficit Committee Transparency Act now.

The 12 members of the “Super Committee,” officially known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, have the responsibility of cutting $1.5 trillion from the national deficit. Their recommendations will bypass nearly every normal congressional procedure — effectively making them a “Super Congress.” That’s a lot of power.

And, as Peter Parker taught us, with great power comes great responsibility. Without normal congressional input, the voices of citizens across the country will easily get drowned out. Without transparency around this process, we don’t know who the committee members are listening to. But we can take a guess: Money speaks louder than words in Washington.

The committee members could easily take measures to increase transparency on their own: Disclosing their campaign contributions and meetings with lobbyists or powerful interests in real-time would be one way. But while the Committee has at least taken steps to have a few open meetings, it’s business as usual when it comes to campaign fundraising and secret meetings with powerful special interests.

This legislation can change that, but it needs your help. The bill has been introduced, but it needs cosponsors to gain momentum while it still counts — the Super Committee has already started its work, and it has to make its recommendations by December, right around the corner.

Open the Super Congress. Ask your representatives to cosponsor the Super Congress transparency bill!

Without this legislation, nothing’s stopping special interests from taking control of the deficit negotiations. A  $1.5 trillion cut is too important to be left to backroom dealings.

Thanks for all that you do,
Laurenellen, Nicole and the rest of the Sunlight team

P.S. — Last Friday, we held a conference call with policy experts to get an update on the campaign, including staff from Rep. Loebsack’s office, the sponsor of H.R.2860. If you missed it, you can get a summary or listen to a recording of the call here: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2011/09/20/super-committee-update/

Here is the contact information:

Rep. Bill Flores  –  Washington, D.C.: (202) 225-6105   or Local: (979) 703-4037

 

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