Congress fails to revise government records law

WASHINGTON (AP) – An advocacy group is lamenting the lack of an update this year to the Freedom of Information Act.

Despite bipartisan support in the House and Senate, the two sides couldn’t agree on common language after passing differing bills.

Amy Bennett, assistant director of OpenTheGovernment.org, says that without a new law, government agencies are likely to continue stonewalling requests.

Open-government groups say the House language is not as strong as the Senate version.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he was deeply disappointed that the House adjourned Friday without taking up the Senate bill, which Leahy co-sponsored with Sen John Cornyn, R-Texas.

He says Republicans “have chosen secrecy over sunlight,” despite their own complaints about oversight and transparency.

But Bennett says there’s “plenty of blame to go around,” including House Speaker John Boehner and the White House.

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