Here is Fridays look at transparency-related news items, todays congressional committee hearings, and transparency-related bills introduced in Congress yesterday.

News roundup:

  • Senate procedure:
    • An amendment to the financial reform bill restricting the use of secret holds was withdrawn after Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) threatened to attach the measure to an immigration-related amendment. (Roll Call)($)
    • Roll Call editorializes in favor of changing Senate filibuster rules and eliminating secret holds. (Roll Call)($)
    • OMB Watch covers last week’s House Administration Committee hearing on the DISCLOSE Act. (OMB Watch)
    • Heritage Foundation fellow and former Federal Election Commission Chair Dave Mason criticizes the House Administration Committee for not hearing testimony on the bill from anyone currently at the FEC. (The Washington Examiner)
    • The Ashland Daily Tidings in Oregon editorializes in favor of the DISCLOSE Act. (The Ashland Daily Tidings)
  • Earmark Transparency Act:
    • Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Earmark Transparency Act in the Senate. (The Examiner)
    • Other recent co-sponsors of the Senate bill include Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT). (THOMAS)
    • Transparency Hub page for earmark reform bills. (Transparency Hub)
  • O’Reilly Media interviews White House Open Government Initiative Director Beth Simone Noveck about citizen participation and collaboration for open government. (O’Reilly Media)
  • The government has moved into the world of cloud computing by transferring stimulus data accessible through the website from on-site servers to Amazon servers. (The Washington Post)
  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN) has asked House Republicans whether he should ignore earmark requests on a water resources bill due to a self-imposed House GOP earmark ban. (Roll Call)($)
  • Citing the Presidential Records Act, the Clinton Library is not required to release records about Elena Kagan’s time in the Clinton administration until 2013. (National Journal)($)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 5/14:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced 5/13:


  • None


  • A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States giving Congress power to regulate campaign contributions for Federal elections; to the Committee on the Judiciary. H.J. Res. 84
  • A resolution amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to guarantee reasonable time prior to the consideration of legislation; to the Committee on Rules. H. Res. 1360

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