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August 31, 2006

McGavick and his friend the secret senator

Posted by David Postman at 8:53 AM

Last week Mike McGavick blogged about the news that someone in the U.S. Senate had a secret hold on a bill that would have created a searchable database of federal spending.

This is a sad state of affairs when a senator (or senators) secretly prevent legislation to remove secrecy. The American people have a right to know how their money is being spent. We need senators who are willing to hold their colleagues accountable for this sort of thing, regardless of party.

Well it turns out that that the secret senator is McGavick patron Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska. McGavick wrote yesterday afternoon:

It has been revealed that Senator Ted Stevens was behind the secret hold we blogged about last week. His hold stalled legislation to create a searchable online database of federal spending. We called it "sad state of affairs," and that is certainly true. This legislation would give taxpayers more insight into how their money would be spent than ever before, and that is something we should all welcome. With the identity of the holder revealed, we hope public pressure moves this bi-partisan legislation forward.

Maybe McGavick should write Stevens a letter. It worked before.

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