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Lincoln: Transparency matters

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., says she wants Arkansans and all Americans to get a good look at health care overhaul legislation before it moves forward in the Senate.

Lincoln, who is up for re-election next year, says transparency in the process would help restore faith in government amid public uncertainty on the monumental issue. An initial vote could come by Friday, she says.

“What’s wrong with taking our time to ensure that not only do we get it right but there’s a comfort level in the people we represent? That’s important,” Lincoln told reporters during a conference call today.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Lincoln outlined a plan to post bill text and Congressional Budget Office cost projections on a public Web site at least 72 hours prior to the first vote to proceed to health reform legislation, before a final vote on the Senate bill and before a Senate vote on a House-Senate compromise.

The letter was signed by fellow Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jim Webb of Virginia, along with Independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

Lincoln said she would be disappointed if Senate leaders did not follow her plan but did not say specifically that she would not vote to advance a Senate Finance Committee bill if they did not do so.

“I reserve my right to vote to be able to move a bill forward based on whether or not we’ve come to an accepted agreement about what’s an appropriate amount of time to review these bills,” she said.



One Response to “Lincoln: Transparency matters”

  1. October 17th, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Dusty Foster says:

    There are people from all over the country who are working to show which DC politicians are hiking our taxes and removing our freedoms.

    These Vote Trackers are filling out individual one-page charts for their state showing how their federal politicians have voted on major bills.

    A few months before election time, people from every state will download the chart for their state and pass them around. The chart can be taken into the voting booth so people can see at a glance exactly who voted for what.

    We currently do not have anyone from Arkansas creating a chart for this great state.
    It’s very easy to do and everything you need is right on this website.

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