Friday, June 8, 2012

Freedom 1, Rep. Ander Crenshaw 0

Ancient Greek painting meant to represent freedom.
Good news everyone, freedom hating Regressive Republican Rep. Ander Crenshaw backed down and lost control over bulk data issue! However the battle may have been won, but the war is not over.

In just a few days, Rep. Ander Crenshaw went from stopping bulk data downloads to 'agreeing to free legislative information' on June 6, 2012.

The task force originally proposed by Crenshaw's appropriations subcommittee has now been replaced by a new task force called at the discretion of House Republican Leadership to supposedly investigate how to make the data files available. Even though the new task force still has no deadline and lacks non-lobbyist citizen input, the House Leaders Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, surprisingly have made good on these sorts of promises recently. Rep Ander Crenshaw had the rug pulled out from under him by his party bosses because of public outrage during an election year.

On June 5, 2012 Rep. Darrel Issa offered an amendment to the Ander's bill that would immediately direct the Library of Congress to make the files available in bulk XML format with no lobbyist led task force to mess things up. Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor however killed the amendment and instead agreed to make their lobbyist led task force a priority.

There are a few more major hurdles to face, with #1 being the Senate. We're not going to see those files until Senate leaders start to take transparency more seriously. Additionally the House Task Force is likely to be polluted with corporate welfare giveaways that will impose additional costs and wall gardens.


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