…from: David Segal of Demand Progress, which has some very interesting information about some things that most people I don’t think ever hear about…
Follow up on and with the links in this and see about filing a “Freedom of Information” request on this material. It should not be allowed to be kept secret if it is only keeping the public from having access to high quality and reasonably non partisan unbiased information. If it ain’t classified and is funded by public dollars, then “our” Reps. should not be keeping it from “We the people…” Here’s the text of the e:
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is at it again.
Representative Wasserman Schultz has raised millions of dollars from Wall Street, gone to war against Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and fought efforts to abolish superdelegates.1,2,3,4
Now she just helped kill a bill that would have allowed public access to the information Congress uses to make policies.5
Rep. Wasserman Schultz is now facing a massive backlash for her anti-progressive views. Hundreds of thousands of grassroots activists have demanded she stop supporting the TPP, she’s facing a primary challenge from a Bernie Sanders-style progressive, and calls are growing for her to step down as DNC Chair.6
Now it’s time to turn up the heat.
You probably have never heard of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), but what they do is pretty important.
The CRS is a small army of taxpayer-funded, nonpartisan researchers, and its job is to answer questions for members of Congress—everything from “Does torture work?” to “Is global warming real?”
Past CRS reports have included explosive findings that the public deserves to know. For instance, in 2006, a CRS report found that the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program was illegal.7 A 2012 report found conclusively that trickle-down economic theory was a failure.8
We know from reports leaked to the public that these studies are often very thorough and informative. We also know they can have a huge influence on how members of Congress vote and how bills are written.
And yet—inexplicably—these reports are typically kept secret from the public.
Bipartisan legislation in Congress would have ended the secrecy, but Rep. Wasserman Schultz helped kill it in committee. She even opposed a weakened version that would have simply listed the names of studies on a public website.
Enough is enough. It’s time for Rep. Wasserman Schultz to stop attacking progressive principles, like transparency in government.