U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth signed a letter — along with a bipartisan group of 16 representatives — addressed to Senate and House leadership, asking them to ensure that the upcoming work of the “super committee” created by the debt ceiling compromise is transparent and open to the public (see below).
The letter has four main requests:
* All meetings and hearings should be publicly noticed in advance, open to the public, broadcast live over the Internet, and archived on the committee’s website;
* The final legislative language put forward by the committee should be posted online at least 72 hours prior to the final committee vote;
* Campaign contributions received by committee members should be posted online at least once per week to ensure proper oversight of donations from special interests to committee members;
* All meetings between lobbyists and other special interest groups and members of the committee and their staffs should be posted online at least once per week, as was done with the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
You’ll note that Yarmuth oddly did not make any Hitler references in the letter. Is he one of them?