The League strives to ensure that government at every level works as effectively and fairly as possible. This involves continual attention to issues of transparency, a strong and diverse judiciary, appropriate government oversight, and funding.
This Independence Day marks 48 years since the landmark Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was signed into law. FOIA grants any person the right to access information from the federal government, playing a critical role in making our government more open and transparent.
Earlier this week I attended a panel discussion with an intriguing name, New Founding Mothers: Women’s Changing Path to Political Power. Sponsored by the New America Foundation, the panel included two women Members of Congress, as well as a political observer, journalists, and the head of a group supporting women running for office.
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.