One Senator Stands in Way of FOIA Reform Bill

june 26, 2007  09:19 am
Readers of this site know that the senator in question is Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), who has become a one-man roadblock to the passage of the OPEN Government Act of 2007. "With just one objection, the bill went from 'hot line' status to a legislative black hole," Cox News reports. "It is a shocking story that goes far beyond this particular bill," says Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. "It really illustrates how Congress has become dysfunctional." Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has not responded to a request to allow two hours of debate on the measure. Without McConnell's blessing, the bill will not see debate -- or a vote -- in the Senate. AAN encourages you to contact your senators' offices and urge them to tell McConnell to allow the OPEN Government Act to get to the floor for debate and a vote. For other ways to help get these important FOIA reforms passed, click here.