NEWS RELEASE ISSUED FEBRUARY 11, 2014 BY THE OFFICE OF U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BILLY LONG (MO.)
Long's Taxpayer Transparency Act Headed to House Floor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Oversight and Government Reform Committee marked up and unanimously passed U.S. Rep. Billy Long's Taxpayer Transparency Act (H.R. 3308) sending it to the House floor for consideration.
"I want to thank the Oversight and Government Reform Committee for their commitment to better, more transparent government. I look forward to a robust House debate on the Taxpayer Transparency Act and hope my bill will be approved by the full chamber. As members of Congress we should all be supporting an open and honest government, and this legislation does that by requiring Executive Branch agencies to be transparent with spending taxpayer dollars to promote federal programs," Long said.
The Taxpayer Transparency Act 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.
The Department of Health and Human Services will be spending $4.4 million promoting Obamacare during coverage of the Winter Olympics. This is the second massive television ad purchase made by HHS to promote Obamacare, and it will likely not be the last.
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.
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