July 9, 2009

Senate sees the light

After the much celebrated decision by the House to disclose its expenditure reports, the Senate may now be following suit.

Yesterday, Sen. Tom Coburn offered an amendment to the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act requiring the Secretary of the Senate to post all expenditure reports online.

The amendment would also require the reports to be released in a "searchable, itemized" format. This is a vast improvement over the PDFs that the House is posting. Unfortunately, disclosure won't begin until the 112th Congress begins in 2011.

While the delay is unfortunate and should be shortened, this is another victory for transparency.