Friday, February 6, 2009

House GOP Leaders Call for Democrats to Post Massive Omnibus Spending Bill Online

In a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Republican leaders yesterday formally asked that the massive FY 2009 omnibus spending bill be posted online immediately. Posting the massive bill online would allow the American people to study the contents of the bill between now and the week after President’s Day, when the $500 billion legislation is scheduled to be brought to a vote, and would be consistent with President Obama’s call for greater transparency in government, Republican leaders noted.

“In the face of the highest deficit in our Nation’s history, the Majority has asked the American taxpayers to fund nearly $1.5 trillion in new government spending in just four short weeks. And yet now the Majority plans to spend hundreds of billions more without yet sharing the content of the bill with Republican Members or the public,” GOP leaders wrote. “In the midst of a severe recession, taxpayers have a right to see each provision of this legislation and evaluate the merit of each dollar of government spending their children and grandchildren are being required to fund.”

NOTE: The letter was signed by Reps. John Boehner (R-OH), Eric Cantor (R-VA), Mike Pence (R-IN), Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), John Carter (R-TX), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Roy Blunt (R-MO), David Dreier (R-CA), and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

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