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JUST WORDS? CHANGE.GOV PROMISES:
End the Practice of Writing Legislation Behind Closed Doors: As president, Barack Obama will restore the American people’s trust in their government by making government more open and transparent. Obama will work to reform congressional rules to require all legislative sessions, including committee mark-ups and conference committees, to be conducted in public. By making these practices public, the American people will be able to hold their leaders accountable for wasteful spending and lawmakers won’t be able to slip favors for lobbyists into bills at the last minute.
My question: did he mean it when he said it and just got rolled by more sophisticated Washington politicians, or was he lying all along? As recently as Tuesday the House promised to make the bill public and available for review for at least 48 hours before voting on it. Pelosi stomped that promise to death and not a single Democrat, including her president, said boo. I hope we do better standing up to international bogeymen.