Reps. Moulton and Brat Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Government Transparency
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressmen Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Dave Brat (R-Va.) introduced yesterday H.R. 4006, the Statutes at Large Modernization Act, which would put the United States Statutes at Large online in a digital and searchable format.
“Investments in civic technology are essential for a modern democracy,” said Rep. Moulton. “In 2015, citizens rightly expect easy online access to the laws that affect their daily lives, and that’s what this commonsense bill achieves. I thank Congressman Brat for his leadership on transparency issues and look forward to getting this bill to the President’s desk.”
“Transparency is essential in ensuring the federal government is accountable to the American people. With transparency comes an informed public, an essential foundation for democracy,” said Congressman Brat. “The Statutes at Large Modernization Act will ensure that Americans have easy access to the entire legal history of the United States by putting it online. This simple step will empower citizens with better knowledge of the laws that affect their daily lives and to those that governed earlier generations of Americans.”
Leading groups working to improve government transparency have endorsed this bill including the Sunlight Foundation, R Street Institute, Demand Progress, Liberty Coalition, Data Transparency Coalition, OpentheBooks.com, and Niskanen Center.
“In the transparency age, elected officials have a responsibility to make it easier for citizens to access information. We commend U.S. Representatives Brat and Moulton for taking this important step to open the books and post federal statutes online on behalf of all Americans. As such we at OpenTheBooks.com endorse this newly proposed legislation: the 'Statutes at Large Modernization Act,’” said Adam Andrzejewski, Founder of OpenTheBooks.com