Reforming Congress

Congress and Transparency

Congress was established through Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution, and as such, our Founding Fathers put the utmost responsibility in lawmakers to uphold their inalienable rights. Sadly, today’s Congress has become overreaching and dysfunctional. Congressman Cline is committed to serving the constituents of Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District by ensuring Congress has the necessary transparency and procedural ability to accomplish meaningful reform.

Below are just a few examples of pieces of legislation Congressman Cline has supported during his tenure to accomplish these goals:

118th Congress:

  • H.Res. 96, the Transparency in Federal Spending Resolution permits Members to object to the consideration of legislation that authorizes or appropriates funding for programs unless the legislation includes a table that details the funding.

117th Congress:

  • H.R. 872, the One Subject at a Time Act attempts to end the practice of including more than one subject in a single bill by requiring that each bill enacted by Congress be limited to only one subject.

116th Congress:

  • H.R. 3403, the Searchable Legislation Act of 2019 establishes a baseline that all bills, resolutions, and documents of Congress be created and stored in a manner that is electronically searchable which would increase transparency.
  • H.R. 3402, the Readable Legislation Act of 2019 requires that bills are written in a manner that shows the entire section of code it is amending, which would increase comprehensive knowledge of the effects of the legislation.
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