Our guest blogger is Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA).
In my role as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I know firsthand how important accountability is and the positive impact it has on our government.
This role is even more critical when dealing with an Administration that routinely insists on secrecy. The Bush Administration has done everything it can to avoid public scrutiny and to limit congressional oversight. The Administration has rolled back open government laws and expanded those laws that allow it to operate in the shadows.
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