The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today called upon Congress and the Obama administration to open the doors and allow taxpayers to view all of the proceedings related to negotiations over the healthcare reform bill.
In response to decisions of the Democratic Senate and House leaders to first bypass the conference and reconciliation phase of legislative process and then to hold negotiations on the final version of the healthcare bill behind closed doors, C-SPAN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Lamb wrote a letter urging an open, televised process. Since then, pressure to open the talks to the public have grown to a fevered pitch.
“‘It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.’”
“The 1971 Woody Allen movie ‘Bananas’ includes a comment that accurately describes this entire process,” added Schatz. “‘It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.’”