All 40 GOP senators want Reid Obamacare draft posted on web

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent a copy of the draft Obamacare bill drawn up behind closed doors in his office to the Congressional Budget Office for scoring. That sparked a letter signed by all 40 Republicans in the Senate asking that the full text of the bill be posted on the Internet for public examination.

Here's the text of the letter, which was initiated by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC:

“On Monday, you announced that you had sent health care legislation to the Congressional Budget office (CBO). As you know, this legislation will have a profound impact on the lives of every American, including the next generation who will be forced to pay for it. Our national debt stands at nearly $12 trillion, with a deficit of $1.4 trillion. The health care bill will likely be more than 1,000 pages long and is the single most important legislation we will consider and debate this year in Congress. 

“With an issue this large and complex, we need full transparency at every stage in the legislative process. President Obama was elected, in part, on his promise to bring greater transparency to the workings of the federal government. The American people and every member of Congress should be allowed to read the bill that was sent to CBO. The bill should be made available for taxpayers to read and learn how the federal government is spending their money. We are writing to request that you immediately make all materials sent to CBO publicly available on the internet.” 

Reid has not responded as of this morning, according to a DeMint spokesman.  The Examiner's Susan Ferrechio was the first to report on the GOP senators' letter, yesterday, right here in Beltway Confidential.  

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