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 Conference approved the proposed rules package for the 112th Congress, which will be offered today as H.Res. 5. (House Committee on Rules) The rules have already had one reversal – the GOPvoted to peel back a requirement that would have required them to publicly post committee attendance. (Politico)
  • Incoming Speaker Boehner announced that beginning at noon on Wednesday Congress will be broadcast live on Facebook for the first time ever. (CNN) Some say this move symbolizes that the new House will be a “more participatory, two-way institution.” (Tech President)
  • The House plans to vote Thursday on a resolution cutting House office expenses by 5 percent. (The Hill)
  • House Republicans are backing away from their pledge to cut $100 billion from the federal budget. (The Hill)(The New York Times)
  • A play by play description of what the first day of a new Congress typically entails. (The Hill)
  • Senate Democratic leaders announced their new communications structure led by Sen. Charles Schumer that will drive the Conferences messaging for the 112th Congress. (Roll Call $)
  • The House Ethics Committee will move into new office space in the 112th Congress with a new chairman and a new official name, but it still might need to address some old issues. (Roll Call $)
  • Retiring Sen. Kit Bond is headed to K St. as a partner at the law firm of Thompson Coburn. (Roll Call $)
  • As the 111th Congress ended Senate Republicans and Democrats cut a deal to approve 19 of the presidents nominees, but they adjourned without voting to confirm 19 others, leaving those seats still unfilled. (Politico)
  • Billions of dollars in federal highway funding for thousands of projects across the country has never even been spent – turning into orphan earmarks caught up in red tape for years, according to a report. (Politico)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 1/5:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.

Transparency events scheduled for 1/5:

  • None.

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