Last month I asked you to join me as a cosponsor of the
Faster FOIA Act of 2010 to streamline the Freedom
of Information Act and defend the American public's "right
After earning the support of 10,309 citizen cosponsors at LeahyForVermont.com,this important legislation passed the Senate unanimously late yesterday.
But before we can establish a bipartisan commission to examine the root causes of FOIA backlogs and delays, the Faster FOIA Act of 2010 must first pass the House of Representatives, too.
The original Freedom of Information Act -- which requires federal agencies to release government records requested by individual citizens and the press -- epitomizesthe universalvalues ofopen, transparent, and accountable government. I am pleased that yesterday theSenate unanimously agreed to ensure it continues to advance those goals in practice, too.
Thank you for all you have done over the years to improve, modernize and streamline the Freedom of Information Act -- and for taking action once more to get the job done in the House.
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