All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Sunlight Foundation Discusses Transparency of 112th Congress

Washington, DC
Monday, October 1, 2012

A panel of policy experts discussed progress made on the Hill since 2010 towards a more transparent government. The Sunlight Foundation, which hosted this event, gives the current congress mixed reviews.

The Foundation highlighted a new information system that will replace the current THOMAS system held by the Library of Congress as a positive step, but noted that the "Super Committee" meetings on debt control were held in secret.

Hugh Halpern, Staff Director for the Majority at the House Committee on Rules; Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute and Founder of WashingtonWatch.com; and John Wonderlich, Policy Director at the Sunlight Foundation, participated in the discussion.

Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 3:35pm (ET)

Related Events

History of the State of the Union Address
Saturday, February 9, 2013     

Senate Historian Donald Ritchie explains the history of the State of the Union from George Washington to the present. The interview includes historic video clips, photographs, and artwork depicting joint sessions of congress.  Following the interview, portions of several State of the Union Addresses will be shown.

Economic Think Tank Reviews the 'Fiscal Cliffhanger'
Tuesday, January 8, 2013     

A panel of former senior officials from the White House and CBO joined the Urban Institute for an analysis of what the so-called "fiscal cliff" debate accomplished and what the bill did not achieve.

House Members Debate Hurricane Sandy Relief
Tuesday, January 1, 2013     

House members came to the floor to urge Speaker Boehner to bring up a Hurricane Sandy relief package. The Senate passed this bill on December 28 by a vote of 62-32.

Sens. McCain & Levin Update Reporters on Filibuster Reform
Friday, December 28, 2012     

A bipartisan group of Senators held a press conference Friday on their efforts to reform Senate rules to streamline the legislative and confirmation processes and avoid the so-called “nuclear option.”

Senator Harkin and Small Business Owners 'Countdown' to Middle Class Tax Hikes
Friday, December 28, 2012     

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) were joined by small business owners for a press conference today on Capitol Hill on the so-called "fiscal cliff."  The event was styled after the New Year's festivities at New York's Times Square and urged Congressional Republicans not to "drop the ball" on middle class families.

White House & Top Lawmakers Hold 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks, Pres. Obama 'Modestly Optimistic'
Friday, December 28, 2012     

Congressional leaders and President Obama met today regarding the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations. The President delivered a statement to the press saying he is 'modestly optimistic'

Retiring Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) Talks with C-SPAN
Monday, December 24, 2012     

In November, retiring California Congressman Jerry Lewis (R) talked with C-SPAN about his time as chairman and the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee. The 17-term Congressman represented the 41st House District in southeastern California which includes parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Funeral Ceremony for Sen. Inouye
Friday, December 21, 2012     

Pres. Obama, VP Biden and members of Congress attend a funeral ceremony for Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) on Friday at the Washington National Cathedral. On Saturday, the Senator's body will return home to Hawaii.

Speaker Boehner Withdraws "Plan B" Tax Measure
Thursday, December 20, 2012     

House Speaker John Boehner pulled the second of his "Plan B" measures due to "lack of support of our members to pass [it]," he said in a statement issued on Thursday.

House Democrats Press Conference on Gun Laws
Wednesday, December 19, 2012     

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) led a group of House Democrats in a news conference promoting bills that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity clips as well as other possible changes to gun laws.  Most of the members who spoke either lost a relative to gun violence or were shot themselves.    

Share This Event Via Social Media

Related Resources

Photo Gallery

Book TV (late 2012)
Questions? Comments? Email us at AmericanHistoryTV@c-span.org