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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Representing the 21st District of New York

Stefanik Introduces EDIT Act

February 2, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) reintroduced the Establishing Digital Interactive Transparency (EDIT) Act. The EDIT Act will instruct the Library of Congress to open up the legislative process by implementing a track changes style system for Congress.gov.

“Americans want accountability and transparency out of their lawmakers in Washington, and as lawmakers, we must work to give our constituents more access to the work they send us here to do,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “One of my most important commitments to families across the North Country is to be accessible and transparent. That is why I have introduced the EDIT Act -- commonsense legislation that will allow the American public to see at what stage in the process changes are made to legislation they are following.

“We live in an age of limitless information and technology that is never further than your pocket -- we should use these tools to provide the American people more open, transparent access to our work in Congress, and I urge my colleagues to support this bill,” added Stefanik.

"The EDIT Act is a crucial component to achieving a transparent and complete view of the legislative process," said Hudson Hollister, Executive Director of the Data Coalition. "Once open data formats are adopted for bills and other legislative materials, citizens will be able to electronically track the consequences of every congressional proposal. Open-data bills and regulations will bring greater transparency for citizens and journalists and more efficient work practices for Congress."

This legislation instructs the Librarian of Congress to ensure that each version of a bill or resolution that is made available on Congress.gov is presented in a manner which permits the viewer to follow and track online, within the same document, any changes made from previous versions of the bill or resolution. Click here for text of the legislation.

Original cosponsors of this legislation include Reps. Luke Messer (R-IN), Peter Welch (D-VT) and Paul Tonko (D-NY).

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