How Congress talks about Sunshine Week

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March 12, 2013 4:41 PM

From Sunlight Foundation:

Sunshine Week 2013 is well underway. While yesterday we looked at how well our state government made information available online, today we turn our attention to Capitol Hill.

This week is about supporting policies that maintain our right to know and the importance of open government. So how does Congress do just that? Using Sunlight’s Capitol Words tool, let’s take a look at how lawmakers talk about Sunshine Week.


The “open government” chart (see above) on Capitol Words illustrates how Congress began using the term more and more in recent years. You can see lots of spikes in 2007 when Congress was debating and passing the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act.