Coburn, Obama Praise Bloggers in S. 2590 Passage
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, the man who first proposed a Google-like Internet database of most federal spending, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-IL, the first senator from his side of the aisle to step forward as a co-sponsor, issued this statement this morning:
"Every American has the right to know how their government spends their money, and then to hold elected officials accountable for those decisions. I applaud my colleagues for unanimously supporting a bill that will aid the American people in that effort," Dr. Coburn said. "This bill is a small but significant step toward changing the culture in
"The group that deserves credit for passing this bill, however, is not Congress, but the army of bloggers and concerned citizens who told Congress that transparency is a just demand for all citizens, not a special privilege for political insiders. Their remarkable effort demonstrates that our system of government does work when the people take the reins of government and demand change," Dr. Coburn said.
"By helping to lift the veil of secrecy in