Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) voted for legislation that will make the federal government more accountable and transparent. The bill "Digital Accountability and Transparency Act" (DATA), was unanimously passed in the U.S. House.
Currently, reporting systems for federal spending data are varied and inconsistent. The DATA Act creates a centralized, streamlined and more user-friendly system that combines spending information from federal agencies, the Treasury and those who receive federal funds. It will give the American taxpayers the power to monitor how their money is being spent, while also creating accountability within the government and its agencies.
Said Ros-Lehtinen: "Following up on the widespread call for more government accountability and transparency, Republicans made a promise to make Congress more open. Passage of the DATA Act was a giant step toward fulfilling that pledge. My constituents have made it abundantly clear that they feel the government needs to be more open and accountable and it is my hope that this bill accomplishes that.
At a time when our debt piles up and our deficit explodes, the people we represent deserve to know exactly how their money is being spent and where it is going. This act will ensure Americans have the tools and the access they need to know exactly how their hard earned money is being spent. Accountability is central to our democracy."