The Republican Study Committee (RSC) released its budget proposal, which included U.S. Rep. Billy Long’s Taxpayer Transparency Act (H.R. 3308). 

“I am pleased my Taxpayer Transparency Act was included in the RSC budget proposal.  The legislation ensures federal agencies include disclosures to alert the American people when a communication is being paid for at taxpayer expense.  Simply, the Taxpayer Transparency Act extends a similar disclosure requirement already carried out by the House and Senate to the Executive Branch,” Long said. 

Long’s Taxpayer Transparency Act passed the House unanimously on February 26, 2014, and is pending action in the Senate.  The legislation requires Executive Branch agencies to disclose that advertisements are paid for at taxpayer expense in mediums including printed mailers, brochures, television and radio advertisements, billboards, and e-mail.  By law, the U.S. House of Representatives is already required to include a disclosure statement on similar types of communication such as newsletters and franked mail, while the U.S. Senate is required to do the same by self-imposed rules.