The shutdown of the federal government means important business isn’t getting done and Congress is failing in one of its primary tasks – to work together to create a better America. As a result, it means that many Americans are having their lives disrupted as important and normally routine government services grind to a halt. In addition, the shutdown is also taking a very real toll on the millions of families whose livelihoods are impacted by the furloughs of the federal workforce.
When the League powered the vote for the 2012 Election, we reminded voters that ‘your vote is your voice.’ This week we honor Sunshine Week 2013, a nationwide effort to open up dialogue on the importance of transparency in government and freedom of information.
On October 10, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Fisher v. Austin. The question that the Court will consider is whether prior Supreme Court decisions on racial equality, including the latest college admissions decision in 2003, permit the University of Texas to use race in the selection of its freshman classes.
The League joined with coalition partners in sending a letter to House Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi expressing support for the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and urging them to ensure its uninterrupted operations in the next Congress by reactivating the agency and appointing the necessary board members.
Anyone who knows the League knows that government transparency and accountability are core to our mission as an organization, and to us, they are core to a strong and healthy democracy. But why should these be important to people in their everyday lives?
An open and accountable government is the cornerstone to a healthy democracy. The League continues to advocate for government transparency and freedom of information to keep citizens educated about government actions.