- Blanche L. Lincoln
- Evan Bayh
- Mary L. Landrieu
- Joseph I. Lieberman
- Claire McCaskill
- Ben Nelson
- Mark L. Pryor
- Jim Webb
Our constituents will have the opportunity to evaluate these policies and communicate their concerns or their message of support to their Members of Congress. As their democratically-elected representatives in Washington, D.C., it is our duty to listen to their concerns and to provide them with the chance to respond to proposals that will impact their lives. At a time when trust in Congress and the U.S. government is unprecedentedly low, we can begin to rebuild the American people's faith in their federal government through transparency and by actively inviting Americans to participate in the legislative process.
Of course it remains to be seen whether this letter from the eight Senators is a mere gesture, but I'm glad to see that they're moving in the right direction.
Not being one to give Congress too much credit, I suspect their appreciation for the value of sunlight came from numbers such as these:
- Among U.S. voters, 83% say legislation should be posted online in final form and available for everyone to read before Congress votes on it.
- Only 6% of voters disagree with this approach.
- Of those who favor posting congressional bills, 64% say they should be available to the public at least two weeks before Congress votes.
Pundits note that this process of disclosure would add at least three weeks to any schedule for ramming Obamacare through the Senate, but with 1,363 days remaining until the health care bill would go into effect, 21 days is a drop in the bucket.
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