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September 8, 2006

HERE’S MORE on the earmark transparency bill, from CNN:

Now that the blogosphere has revealed the “secret senator,” bloggers are claiming another victory after a bill authorizing a Google-like database of public spending passed the Senate.

Late Thursday, the senators passed the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act by unanimous consent after holds from “secret senator” Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and Sen. Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia, were lifted. . . .

News of the bill’s passage was received triumphantly in the blogosphere, and one of the bill’s orginal co-sponsors, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, credited “the army of bloggers and concerned citizens” for their victory.

Coburn and the bill’s other original co-sponsor, Sen. Barak Obama, D-Illinois, said they had reached agreement with sponsors of the House version, which was passed in June. The House could take up the new language as early as next week.

The Porkbusters podcast interview with House Majority Leader John Boehner can be found here.

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