January 28, 2014

Sen. Warner Rejects OMB Revisions to DATA Act

Update, Jan. 29, 4:54 pm EST:

A spokesperson for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) tells the Washington Post that the congressman stands by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) in rejecting the proposed revisions:
“Chairman Issa strongly agrees with Senator Warner that OMB’s apparent efforts to strip out meaningful transparency reforms from the bipartisan DATA Act are unacceptable” 
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Sen. Mark Warner has publicly rejected proposed revisions by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act).

Late this afternoon, Alex Byers first reported via POLITICO Pro Whiteboard that Sen. Warner (D-VA), the chief Senate sponsor of the DATA Act, made the following statement:
"The Obama administration talks a lot about transparency, but these comments reflect a clear attempt to gut the DATA Act. DATA reflects years of bipartisan, bicameral work, and to propose substantial, unproductive changes this late in the game is unacceptable. We look forward to passing the DATA Act, which had near universal support in its House passage and passed unanimously out of its Senate committee. I will not back down from a bill that holds the government accountable and provides taxpayers the transparency they deserve."
Senator Warner's comments have also appeared in FedScoop. Warner is among a bipartisan group of Senators who are seeking to bring the DATA Act to a vote on the Senate floor. 

This post is an update to our comprehensive response to the White House OMB's proposed revisions to a recent Senate version of the federal spending transparency bill.

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