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Should Congress be exempt from FOIA laws they impose on federal government agencies?

Here is an example. From a blog from a constituent:

On July 3 I sent my FOIA request via E-mail to Congressman Dennis Moore’s office, and followed up with faxed requests to his Overland Park and Washington, DC offices.

I was surprised to receive a response by mail from Congressman Moore’s office so quickly on July 11, but I was not happy with the content of the response.

Congressman Moore simply said Congress was exempt from any open record requests under FOIA:

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 9:15 AM on Jul. 11, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • There are numerous other example of where Congress has made them exempt of the very laws they pass. IE: Obamacare. Congress (Kennedy [D]) has attempted to include a provision to ensure they are expempt from participating:

    If you DO NOT agree with this~ WIll contact your elected officials and question and demand ACCOUNTABILITY?


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:18 AM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Congress exempted themselves from many of the laws they imposed on us. They are also exempt from the civil rights laws. If they want to refuse to hire someone they can refuse you because of your skin color.

    Answer by Carpy at 9:21 AM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Exactly Carpy... Here's some history on it. It's not a left or right issue. It's an issue of Accountability. Don't you think?



    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:35 AM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Agree grly. Thats exactly what it is.

    Answer by Carpy at 9:39 AM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • They should absolutely not be excluded from FOIA laws. Sadly, this is just another example of their 'do as I say, not as I do' leadership.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 10:05 AM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • No, they should not. Yes, I will contact my reps.


    Answer by Friday at 11:07 AM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Also,to be fair~ I am trying to find an example of a Republican who introduced/pulled exempt privileges in their legislation... As of yet I haven't found one. But if someone does, please post... I think the exempt status in the FOIA legislation was a TRUE bipartisan effort...


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:12 AM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • I am sure it was. Accountability can end your political career. I am sure that none of them want to to be accountable, they just like to cash those checks.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:15 AM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Heck no they shouldn't!

    They shouldn't have free health care right now either. It's horrific that the people that make the "laws of the land" , health care and dan't have to follow said laws " its also ridiculous that they vote on their OWN raises AND minimum wage......

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:43 AM on Jul. 11, 2009

  • Sounds like a dictatorship.

    Answer by Scorpio359 at 1:55 PM on Jul. 11, 2009

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