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House Proceeding 03-17-09 on Mar 17th, 2009 :: 2:06:10 to 2:09:10
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Edolphus Towns

2:06:07 to 2:06:27( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: mr. clay: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri. mr. clay: at this time i want to yield three minutes to the distinguished chairman of the house oversight and government reform committee, mr. towns of new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for three minutes. mr. towns: thank you very much, mr. speaker.

Edolphus Towns

2:06:10 to 2:09:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Edolphus Towns

Edolphus Towns

2:06:28 to 2:06:48( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: i'd like to thank the gentleman from missouri for yielding me three minutes. h.r. 1323, the reducing information control designations act, introduced by representative driehaus, is an important piece of legislation that will improve public access

Edolphus Towns

2:06:49 to 2:07:09( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: to classified information. i'm pleased to be a co-sponsor of this bill. this week has been designated as sunshine week, and this bill will help bring more sunshine to the federal government. our democracy requires that citizens be able taccess information about how their

Edolphus Towns

2:07:10 to 2:07:31( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: government is working and how it is spending their tax dollars. this bill is the latest step that the oversight committee has taken to advance that goal. in january, we passed bills to open up presidential records and information on presidential libraries.

Edolphus Towns

2:07:32 to 2:07:52( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: the stimulus package requires that all spending informaon be posted online .gov and we're holding a hearing on thursday to examine how the transparency provisions of the stimulus bill are being implemented. and we are moving forward to

Edolphus Towns

2:07:53 to 2:08:14( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: obtain information from all wall street banks that receive bailout money, including a.i.g., on how they are spending that money, especially the bonuss. what these wall street firms need to understand that if they are being supported by the

Edolphus Towns

2:08:15 to 2:08:35( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: taxpayers, which they are, sunshine applies to them also. and we will make that happen. i would like to thank the gentleman from ohio, mr. driehaus, for taking the lead on this bill, the information policy subcommittee, mr. clay, for all

Edolphus Towns

2:08:36 to 2:08:57( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: his work on bringing sunshine to the government. i also want to thank the ranking member, mr. issa, for working together with us on these nshine bills. president obama has indicated repeatedly that we need more transparency in our government. in almost every speech he's

Edolphus Towns

2:08:58 to 2:09:11( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: indicated that. i agree with that goal. and this bill is an important step towards it. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and, of course, on that note, i would like to just comment the

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