Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-7) today released the following statement after the final House passage of the DATA Act (S. 995). This legislation will now be sent to the President's desk to be signed into law:
"Today's adoption of the DATA Act is a landmark victory for those of us who believe the American people have a right to access the information their tax dollars paid to create.
"The DATA Act is a transformational piece of legislation that has the potential to permanently transform how the Federal government operates. For the first time ever, the American people will have open, standardized access to how the federal government spends their money. Washington has an abundance of information that is often bogged down by federal bureaucracy and is inaccessible to our nation's innovators, developers and citizens. The standardization and publication of federal spending information in an open format will empower innovative citizens to tackle many of our nation's challenges on their own. Government of the people, by the people, and for the people should be open to the people.
"Despite our nation's current political environment, Congress has come together to send a unanimous message to the federal bureaucracy: open the data.
"I would like to thank Chairman Darrell Issa for his bold leadership on this bill. Chairman Issa's leadership on the DATA Act is a key reason this bill will be presented to the President to become law.
"House Republicans will continue our efforts to make government more open, accessible, and efficient. I look forward to the President signing this bill into law and his Administration acting swiftly to implement it. In addition, I encourage Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to follow the House's leadership on opening and reforming the federal government by taking up FITARA (H.R. 1232) which the House passed unanimously in February."