June 2, 2009

Boehner's suggestion gains support

When the White House launched a website seeking suggestions from the public on how to run a more open government they probably didn't expect House Minority Leader John Boehner's suggestion to become one of the highest rated. But, as it turns out, that is exactly what happened.

Boehner's suggestion, support for a 72-hour mandatory minimum public review period on all major spending bills brought before Congress, sits at #3 on the list with 836 votes.

In effort to help eliminate billions of dollars in wasteful spending, I recently announced my support for a 72-hour mandatory minimum public review period on all major spending bills brought before Congress. This 72-hour review proposal, which would help to prevent taxpayer-funded outrages such as the empty “Airport for No One” in the congressional district of Democratic Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and huge bonuses for AIG executives, is a reform proposal that been advocated by nonpartisan organizations such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a coalition of reform-minded state legislators, and the pro-transparency Sunlight Foundation.

If the Administration chose to support such a review, and follow through on its own promise to allow for five days of public comment on all bills before signing, it would represent a good first step toward greater transparency and accountability in government spending.

Boehner's idea is good on its merits. It'd just be a bonus if he can also use it to pressure Obama into living up to his oft-broken promise of waiting five days before signing legislation. We won't hold our breath though.