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Action Alert

Please call our US Senators to support a Senate Resolution 21 to put key congressional documents on the Internet.

Congress has yet to put its most important documents on the Internet, including:

  • A searchable database of congressional voting records, indexed by bill name, subject, title, Member name, etc.;
  • Key texts of bills (especially committee prints, discussion drafts, chairman's marks and manager's marks);
  • All Congressional Research Service reports and products;
  • Draft committee and conference reports;
  • Lobbying disclosure reports;
  • Committee and subcommittee mark-up transcripts;
  • All congressional hearing transcripts and written testimonies; and,
  • Congressional expenditure reports, such as the Statements of Disbursements of the House and the Secretary of the Senate reports.

The Resolution was introduced by U.S. Senators John McCain (RAZ) and Pat Leahy (D-VT) and is co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) and Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT).

In 1822, James Madison explained why citizens must have government information: "A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

FOR MORE INFORMATION about the failure of Congress to put its documents on the Internet, see the Congressional Accountability Project's website at www.congressproject.org.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP Please ask your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor S. Res. 21. The congressional switchboard phone number is (202) 225-3121. To find out the phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses, see www.visi.com/juan/congress/ziptoit.html.

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