Lessons from London

According to the Wall Street Journal the US House of Representatives is to start posting expense reports online at the behest of Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the WSJ began publishing stories based on combing through the existing paper records.

It is not proposed that records from earlier years will be published online.  My guess is that quite a few congressmen have been reading reports from London and are keeping their fingers crossed that no-one digs into past expenses.

What a difference it would have made if Speaker Martin had opted for disclosure at an early stage.

However, it seems that the Senate still doesn’t ‘get it’ even though their expenses typically cost millions of dollars per year so there could still be fireworks from Washington.

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