This is breaking - Freedominfo.org is reporting that unnamed anonymous banking lobbyists are urging certain House members to stop a vote on the FOIA amendments. The bill needs to be placed on the schedule today or it dies for the year.
A few points to ponder - the FOIA bill does absolutely nothing to change the way banking material is treated under the FOIA. If anything, the bill is a lost opportunity to loosen up what is treated as bank information under FOIA exemption 8. This exemption is used much more since the banks (who are the ones allegedly behind stopping the bill) helped usher in the Great Recession.
Further, whether you agree with the amendments to the FOIA or not, the use of unnamed lobbyists to stop a transparency bill is not only ironic, it is an embarrasment to our system of government.