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WHAT THEY SAY

U.S. Rep. Brian Baird of our 3rd Congressional District has logic and the need for transparency in government on his side in pushing for disclosure of legislation to members of Congress and the public on the Internet at least 72 hours before a vote.
–The Chronicle (Centralia, WA)

Rep. Brian Baird, a Democrat from Vancouver, is disgusted with the practice and has called on Congress to pass House Resolution 688, which would require that bills be posted on the Internet 72 hours prior to a floor vote. It’s a terrific idea that Congress should adopt….
–The Olympian (Olympia, WA)

It will be interesting to see who will step forward in Congress to oppose Baird’s resolution, and specify why. We cannot fathom what their reasons might be.
–The Columbian (Vancouver, WA)


MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
H.Res. 504 cosponsors (NationalWrite your rep)
The following representatives have cosponsored H.Res.688, a resolution introduced June 20, 2007 by Rep. Brian Baird to establish the 72 Hours Online rule:

Baird, Brian (D-WA-03)
Smith, Adam (D-WA-09)

NEWS MEDIA
The following have written favorable newspaper editorials or expressed opinion by other means in support of generally requiring that proposed legislation and conference reports be posted on the Internet for 72 hours before floor consideration in Congress.

Newspapers
The Chronicle (Centralia, WA)
The Columbian (Vancouver, WA)
The Olympian (Olympia, WA)

ORGANIZATIONS & PROMINENT INDIVIDUALS
The following organizations and prominent individuals have endorsed the following statement: “We support the 72 Hours Online rule to require generally that legislation and conference reports be posted on the Internet for 72 hours before floor consideration in Congress.”
(None listed at this time.)

NOTES
Endorsers of the 72 hours online concept do not necessarily support or oppose any legislation, nor agree with the views of ReadtheBill.org or other endorsers on specific legislation or other matters.

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The Olympian (Olympia, WA): Political gaming is getting old (9/8/2006)

“The political high jinks of last week once again points to the need for what Baird is calling a ’72 Hour’ bill”

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Columbian (Vancouver, WA): "It’s Billions, Take Time" (3/23/06)

“It will be interesting to see who will step forward in Congress to oppose Baird’s resolution, and specify why. We cannot fathom what their reasons might be.”

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The Chronicle (Centralia, WA): Baird "Has logic … on his side" (3/18/06)

The Chronicle leans conservative. Its editorial from March 18, 2006 says that Baird “has logic and the need for transparency in government on his side in pushing for disclosure of legislation to members of Congress and the public on the Internet at least 72 hours before a vote.”

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The Olympian (Olympia, WA): H.Res. 688 a "terrrific idea" (3/7/06)

House Resolution 688 is “a terrific idea that Congress should adopt as part of a comprehensive package to regain the public’s trust in the wake of corruption allegations.”

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