Monday, November 12, 2007

Congressional Transparency

The Fighting 29th has a new post up entitled, "A Model for Transparency", which talks about a congressional member from the Albany area who has her daily schedule posted on her website (which only 6 congressmen and 2 senators currently have) along with a "'grants central' section of her website to help connect constituents with available federal grants." He then issues a challenge to Congressman Kuhl to have such things available on his website.

While it's true that Congressman Kuhl, along with 428 House members and 98 Senators, does not post his daily schedule on his website, he does have his Town Hall Meetings schedule posted online, allowing constituents the opportunity to voice their concerns with him personally. These Town Hall Meetings are an excellent way for constituents to interact with their representative, and poses a daunting task for Congressman Kuhl's schedule, especially in the largest congressional district geographically in New York (the square area of New York's 29th is approximately the size of the state of Connecticut, a state which has 5 congressional seats). Congressman Kuhl campaigned on visiting every township during each of his terms, and he has fulfilled that promise.

Congressman Kuhl has also recently added a Blog to his website, allowing him another means of sharing his views on important issues with the voters, another feature which I'm sure few Congressmen have. I have yet to find either a Town Hall Meetings schedule or Blog on the website of the other Congressman who represents Ontario County, Democrat Michael Arcuri.

As for the Federal Grants page on Congressman Kuhl's website, you can find that here!

1 comment:

Rottenchester said...

Thanks for the link.

Just to be clear: this isn't a partisan issue. Arcuri, Pelosi, Reynolds, Rangel -- and every other MOC or Senator -- should post their schedules. In fact, one of the MOCs who does post his schedule is John Boehner.

Also, earmarks vs. grants is another non-partisan issue. We'd all be better off if MOCs relied less on earmarks, and funneled more time and energy into connecting their constituents with grant programs. It would be nice to see the upstate NY reps work together on this.