Momentum is building for putting a historic conference between the House and Senate online and on live television, as they debate the future of financial reform. This is the time to contact Senators and Representatives to support this critical step toward open government – and a stronger, fairer, safer economy.
Yesterday we asked conservatives to join with progressives in calling for the House/Senate financial reform conference to be broadcast on live television. We pointed out that this would be consistent with the spirit of the GOP’s “Sunlight Resolution,” and with a number of conservative calls to avoid “backroom” deals as health reform was being finalized. We also pointed out that a broadcast of this kind would weaken the influence of bank lobbyists, which means we’re likely to get better legislation.
House Minority Leader John Boehner is now on board. He said this in a letter written to Nancy Pelosi yesterday: “(C)onsistent with the new House initiative of live streaming video of House floor proceedings, we believe the conference debate should include live webcasting so even more Americans can engage in the debate …”