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Make the Stimulus Negotiations Public

February 10, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Republicans in the Senate and House are pushing for the stimulus package conference committee meetings to be broadcast on television.

“Given the enormous amount of taxpayer money at stake, it is critical that any and all negotiations be held to the highest standards of transparency,” said Rep. Tom Price in a press release.

The conference committee, which meets to reconcile legislation when the Senate and House pass different versions, is one of the most mysterious congressional activities. Still, much of what is accomplished in the meetings is basically pre-determined through even more mysterious, informal talks between the leadership, the Administration, lobbyists, and others. Televising these meetings wouldn’t change that, but it would bring more attention and understanding to the legislative process. And that’s always welcome.

(h/t WashingtonWatch)

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