Long's Taxpayer Transparency Act Back in 114th Congress

Posted on January 23, 2015 08:24 am CST

Marshfield Mail

U.S. Rep. Billy Long has re-introduced the Taxpayer Transparency Act in the 114th Congress.

“I am again bringing forward the Taxpayer Transparency Act to guarantee taxpayers a better understanding of what their hard-earned dollars pay for,” Long said. “Transparency brings accountability and my bill simply extends similar requirements already imposed on the Legislative Branch to the Executive Branch. I am optimistic this common sense piece of legislation can successfully move through both chambers and land on the president’s desk. This would allow President Obama to hold himself accountable on his old promise of a more transparent administration.”

The Taxpayer Transparency Act, H.R. 310, 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 email. 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. 

Long’s Taxpayer Transparency Act unanimously passed the House in the 113th Congress.


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