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Policy Letter

POGO Joins Letter Urging House Democratic Caucus to Publish Rules

House Democratic Caucus
1420 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Jeffries:

On behalf of a coalition of 16 organizations, request you make the current rules for the Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives publicly available on your website.

Just as publication of the rules for the House of Representatives is necessary for government accountability, so too is publication of the caucus rules. Public access empowers understanding of legislative branch activities, provides essential detail on how you govern, and exemplifies your commitment to open government. For this reason, we join the call of civil society members who reached out to you last week on this matter in calling for the publication of the caucus rules.

The rules adopted by the Democratic caucus have a significant impact on the legislative process. We note that the House Republican conference rules include a requirement for their online publication as they adopted, which the conference has satisfied these past few Congresses.

We thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this matter. Should any questions arise, please contact Daniel Schuman, Demand Progress policy director, at [email protected] or 240-237-3930.

Sincerely yours,

Campaign for Liberty

Center for Responsive Politics

Coalition to Reduce Spending

Demand Progress Education Fund

E-PluribusUnum org

Government Accountability Project

Government Information Watch

GovTrack.us

Issue One

Lincoln Network

Open the Government

Project On Government Oversight

Public Citizen

R Street Institute

Taxpayers for Common Sense

Transparency International

cc:
Speaker Pelosi
Majority Leader Hoyer