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Friday, August 18, 2006

FW: Secret Hold Put on Bill Allowing You to See Where Congress Spends Your Money

If this is being done in secret what else are they hiding from us citizens?


Take the 3 minutes it takes to send the email

You can go right thru their email system so you don’t even have to look up anything &

Ask your Senator what they did to either block or pass this bill

Public Accountability – it’s their job to best represent our wishes as citizens & voters


-----Original Message-----
From: AFA ActionAlert []
Thursday, August 17, 2006 12:29 PM
Subject: Secret Hold Put on Bill Allowing You to See Where Congress Spends Your Money



Donald E. Wildmon
Founder and Chairman





August 17, 2006

Please forward this e-mail message to your family and friends! We have a right to know how Congress is spending our tax dollars.

Secret Hold Put On Bill Allowing You To See Where Congress Spends Your Money

The Washington Briefing - 2006 Values Voter Summit - September 22-24, 2006It’s your money, but evidently some Senators don’t want you to know how they spend it

Dear family,

There is a bill in the U.S.Senate (S 2590) which would allow you to go online at a single site and see how your taxes are being spent. However, one or more Senators, acting in secrecy, put a hold on the bill and refused to allow it to come up for debate and action.

The bill, introduced by Sens. Coburn of Oklahoma and Obama of Illinois, would create a website database with access to information on almost all federal spending. Just before the annual August recess, the bill was "hotlined". Under a "hotline", a bill passes as long as nobody secretly objects to its passage. The Coburn/Obama bill did not pass before recess, which means that a secret "hold" was placed on the bill to prevent its passage.

Definition of "hold" from the U.S. Senate website

I have no problem with matters such as security or personnel being discussed in secret, but allowing a Senator to secretly hold a bill just doesn't seem the way the Senate should work. If a Senator opposes a bill, he or she should do so publicly and explain why.

Are either of your Senators among those who have secretly blocked this bill?

The bill has a bipartisan list of prominent co-sponsors including: Senate President Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and possible presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The bill was approved July 27 by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The House approved a similar measure in June, but its version of the database would include information only on grants. Sponsors in the Senate are working with House members to iron out this difference.


Take Action

Send an e-mail to your two Senators telling them you want the Coburn/Obama bill unblocked and passed! No Senator should oppose this bill secretly. Let the Senator come out and say he or she is opposing it and explain why.


Contact your two Senators today!

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