June 30, 2016
June 30, 2016
VISTA, Calif. – Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after President Obama signed the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (S. 337) into law this afternoon. The FOIA Improvement Act contains many important bipartisan reforms Congressman Darrell Issa introduced and has worked across the aisle with fellow Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to pass for several years.
The law will make government more open and responsive by streamlining the public’s ability to access information about the inner-workings of their government. Congressman Issa had the following to say:
“From day one, my biggest priority in Congress has been to make government more open and responsive to the people it’s supposed to serve. I’m proud to finally see these bipartisan reforms, which I’ve been fighting to implement for years, become a reality.”
“This critical update to the Freedom of Information Act is a major milestone that enshrines into law the people’s right to know what their government is actually doing. It’s a significant step forward to the accountable government the people deserve.”
“We’ve seen countless examples of how easy it is for government to cover up waste, fraud, abuse, or anything politically embarrassing through years of delays, redactions and special exemptions. The bill which will now become law will help ensure these types of injustices are a way of the past.”
Congressman Issa went on to thank Rep. Elijah Cummings for his partnership in accomplishing this significant overhaul:
“Washington works best when members from both sides of the aisle put aside their differences to get things done for the American people. In this case, FOIA reform couldn’t have happened without bipartisan cooperation from my colleagues – especially Rep. Elijah Cummings. There’s no way we could have accomplished FOIA reform without him and his tremendous partnership all the way through.”
In the following photo, Congressman Darrell Issa joined Speaker Paul Ryan to sign the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 before it was sent to the President’s desk and signed into law this afternoon.