U.S. Sen. David Vitter today called on his colleagues in the U.S. Senate to open the upcoming health care negotiations to C-SPAN cameras and make the House-Senate legislative conference a more transparent process to the American people.
"After months of debating legislation to reform our nation's health care system, Congress has reached a crucial period in this process -- merging the two bills passed by the House and Senate. It is critical that this stage of the process be visible to the American people so they know exactly what type of health care bill will be written.
"President Obama has repeatedly stressed the importance of an open and transparent debate and even promised to open up the legislative process to organizations like C-SPAN during his campaign. Now Congress has yet another chance to prove its commitment to that pledge. I applaud C-SPAN for their request and ask my colleagues to carry out these critical and significant negotiations -- that will impact every American -- in the light of day," said Vitter.
Vitter also expressed his intention to join a group of his colleagues in sending a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid asking for an increased level of transparency as Congress works to craft a final health care bill.