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house Bill H.R. 4631

Should Reports Sent to Congress be Publicly Available in a Searchable Database?

Argument in favor

A single, public website that serves as a repository for all congressionally mandated reports would make it easier for the public to discover what the government has learned using their tax dollars and help congressional staffers who need to access the reports for their lawmaker or constituents.

Autumn's Opinion
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07/16/2018
A transparent government is a necessity to democracy. It would be an injustice to the public to not let them know the reasons decisions are made
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Terry's Opinion
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07/16/2018
Transparency, open Govt., no more secrecy. Since the one sided media does not keep us informed and has a difficult time putting out the facts and not there opinions.
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Andy1's Opinion
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07/16/2018
I would hope they include sources and methods as well, as some members of congress have questionable sources. i.e Todd Akin’s claim that raped women can “shut that whole thing down” in regards to the female reproductive system. I’d love to know where he got that information.
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Argument opposed

There are already ways for staffers and the public to access congressionally mandated reports. The House Clerk organizes all reports sent to Congress, and members of the public can request any agency records via FOIA requests.

James's Opinion
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07/16/2018
Not before that so called report is researched! And proven!
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Jim's Opinion
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07/17/2018
I don't see where this is necessary. We can always file a FOIA
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Stacy's Opinion
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07/16/2018
This will just be $2 million more down the drain. Does anyone really believe that any of their dirty deeds will end up in a congressionally mandated report?
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      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedDecember 12th, 2017