The Transparency Caucus: big step toward fixing Washington

The Transparency Caucus: big step toward fixing Washington

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IssaTurns out there's good news, a bipartisan group of Congressmen have committed to letting taxpayers know a lot more about what's going on in the Federal government, along with Sunlight Foundation.

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Twenty-seven House Republicans and Democrats kicked off a
congressional transparency caucus on Thursday with a panel discussion on
how the government can earn back Americans' trust.

"We're going to do a review and find out whether the public accepts
the current disclosure," said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., co-founding
chairman of the caucus and ranking Republican on the House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee.

"Our greatest challenge and mandate in government is regaining the
public's trust," said Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., the caucus' other
co-founding chairman. "It means not just paying lip service, but taking
financial responsibility, transparency and ethics as seriously as the
voters want us to. If we can make the tough decisions and prove these as
our priorities to the public, trust will follow."

A disclosure: I'm on the board of Sunlight, and attended the launch panel.

More important… just reflecting on this now, I just realized how this applies to how US taxpayers and Congress can work together to help set the agenda in forthcoming elections. The challenge relates to trust and preventing virtual ballot box stuffing.

More later, hopefully soon…

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