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U.S. House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Improve Transparency of Federal Spending
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 08:35:32 EDT
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U.S. Senators Gary Peters of Michigan - Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rob Portman of Ohio applauded the House passage of their bipartisan bill, the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act, to help make information about how the federal government is spending taxpayer dollars more accessible to taxpayers. The legislation will improve government transparency by requiring federal agencies to publish easily understandable justifications for their budget requests on a single, central website each year. Congressional budget justifications are plain-language explanations of how agencies propose to spend money that they request from Congressional appropriators. The materials would also be posted on each agency's website. The legislation was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on November 6th, 2019 and now awaits action on the Senate floor.