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Obama Authored Legislation: Federal Transparency and Accountability

There is an idea that gets tossed around by the GOP-at-large, McCain and Palin, that Obama hasn't authored any legislation. They are lying and they know it. So, let's take a look at one of them that sounds pretty good to me:

Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006

The bill's primary sponsor was Tom Coburn, Republican Senator from Oklahoma, but Obama was also a major author of the bill. There were a couple of other sponsors of this bill, but it is often referred to as the Coburn-Obama Act because the major contributors were Tom Coburn and Barack Obama.

This is a sexy piece of legislation, in my opinion. It requires the creation of a public "Google-like" website which allows people to search how money in the Federal government is spent! You want to talk about reforming government and ensuring that our money isn't being wasted? Shining a gigantic bright frakking light on it with a searchable database available to the public sounds like a fantastic first step. Want proof? Senator Ted Stevens, who is currently on trial for corruption after a 4 year investigation collected evidence tried to block this legislation from happening by placing a "secret hold" on it. A "secret hold" prevents a bill from being voted on and no one is allowed to say publicly who placed the hold. People on the internet running blogs and other websites pressured their Senators to admit if they did it and eventually Ted Stevens admitted it was him and removed the hold. If Ted Stevens, a clear example of Congressional corruption, wants to secretly stop this Bill which should have absolutely no downside... you know it's got to be a good one.

This Bill was passed into Law and the website is found at USAspending.gov.

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