Here is Wednesday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

  • The House Republican Steering Committee announced new committee leaders including Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) taking over Science and Technology, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) leading Appropriations, and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) heading Energy and Commerce Committee. (Washington Post)(Roll Call $)
  • House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) unveiled a new spending bill that excludes earmarks, freezes civilian salaries, and funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Roll Call $)(Wall Street Journal)
  • Two Republican Federal Communications Commissioners criticized the Net neutrality proposal unveiled last week by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski for lacking transparency, saying that it will not be put up for public comment before the agency votes. (Politico)
  • Lobbyist Lanny Davis expects Wikileaks to create opportunities for his communications and political strategy organization to develop new way to represent foreign governments. (Roll Call $)
  • Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) threatens to filibuster tax-cut deal. (Washington Post)
  • Rep. Waters accused the ethics committee of violatingher due-process rights and the rules of the committee. (The Hill)
  • Several freshmen GOP Members have appointed former K Street lobbyists as staff. (The Hill)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 12/8:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • H. Res. 1754. A resolution amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require the citation of the specific powers granted to Congress in the Constitution be included in introduced bills and joint resolutions as a basis for enacting the laws proposed by such bills and joint resolutions, including amendments and conference reports; to the Committee on Rules.

Transparency events scheduled for 12/8:

  • None.

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