Congress, Cosponsor These Bills

Lots of bills have come up on the Open House Project mail list that we’d label “a good thing”. There are also a few other great ones coming from the GOP. Here’s the roster of bills I’ve jotted down. (If you’re a staffer who’s annoyed I left out your bill, do let me know.)

E-Filing & Disclosure

H.R. 4858: The Public Online Information Act to establish an advisory committee to issue nonbinding governmentwide guidelines on making public information available on the Internet, to require publicly available Government information held by the executive branch to be made available on the Internet, to express the sense of Congress that publicly available information held by the legislative and judicial branches should be available on the Internet, and for other purposes.
By Steve Israel.
(Added to the list 3/25/2010.)

S. 482: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act
A bill to require Senate candidates to file designations, statements, and reports in electronic form, by Feingold with 41 cosponsors.
http://blog.sunlightfoundation.com/2009/02/27/senate-e-filing-bill-reintroduced-pass-s-482/

H.R. 682: Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act
To prohibit securities and commodities trading based on nonpublic information relating to Congress, and to require additional reporting by Members and employees of Congress of securities transaction, and for other purposes, by Rep Baird.
http://blog.sunlightfoundation.com/2009/11/23/lawmaker-investments-and-disclosure/
(added to this list on Nov 23)

CRS Reports

S. Res. 118: A resolution to provide Internet access to certain Congressional Research Service publications
H.R. 3762: Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Act of 2009
To provide members of the public with Internet access to certain Congressional Research Service publications, and for other purposes, by Lieberman with 6 cosponsors and Rep. Frank Kratovil with 2 cosponsors.
http://cdt.org/issue/congressional-research-service

Earmarks

S. Res. 63: A resolution to amend the Standing Rules of the Senate to ensure that all congressionally directed spending items in appropriations and authorization legislation fall under the oversight and transparency provisions of S. 1, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.
By Claire McCaskill with 1 cosponsor.

H. Res. 440: Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to strengthen the public disclosure of all earmark requests.
By Bill Cassidy with 15 cosponsors.

H.R. 3268: Earmark Transparency and Accountability Reform Act
To amend the Rules of the House of Representatives and the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to increase earmark transparency and accountability, and for other purposes, by Dave Reichert with 1 cosponsor.
(In fairness, this is a big bill and I haven’t studied it closely so I wouldn’t be quick to label it “a good thing” without a review.)

Read The Bill

H. Res. 554: Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require that legislation and conference reports be available on the Internet for 72 hours before consideration by the House, and for other purposes.
By Brian Baird with 214 cosponsors.
http://readthebill.org/
http://blog.sunlightfoundation.com/2009/07/09/read-the-bill-the-long-short-story/

H. Res. 835: Amending the rules of the House of Representatives to provide for transparency in the committee amendment process.
By Lynn Jenkins with 110 cosponsors.

Committee Video

H. Res. 869: Directing the Chief Administrative Officer to install cameras in the hearing room of the Committee on Rules.
By Charles Dent with 77 cosponsors.

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