Friday, September 08, 2006
Bill creating 'Google-like' federal spending database heading towards passage


Now that the blogosphere has revealed the "secret senator," bloggers are claiming another victory after a bill authorizing a Google-like database of public spending passed the Senate.

Late Thursday, the senators passed the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act by unanimous consent after holds from "secret senator" Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and Sen. Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia, were lifted.

Senate tradition allows a senator to place a hold on legislation, preventing it from reaching the floor.

When liberal and conservative bloggers learned that a "secret hold" had been placed on the bill, they urged readers to join in the hunt to reveal which senator was behind it. Web sites like Porkbusters.org and TPMmuckraker.com eventually uncovered holds on the bill placed by Stevens and Byrd. (Full story)

News of the bill's passage was received triumphantly in the blogosphere, and one of the bill's orginal co-sponsors, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, credited "the army of bloggers and concerned citizens" for their victory.

Coburn and the bill's other original co-sponsor, Sen. Barak Obama, D-Illinois, said they had reached agreement with sponsors of the House version, which was passed in June. The House could take up the new language as early as next week.
Posted By CNN's Washington Bureau: 9/08/2006 07:24:00 PM ET | Permalink
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