By Tony Romm - 03/25/10 01:00 PM EDT
"We will facilitate exchanges between our Members and experts and activists from across the political spectrum who have been working for decades to open government through technological innovation," Issa and Quigley wrote.
"We will introduce and vigorously support legislation that requires federal information to be freely accessible, consistently organized and electronically searchable," the lawmakers continued. "And we will monitor the implementation of transparency laws and initiatives -- including the Obama administration's Open Government Directive -- to make sure we reach these goals."
According to the congressmen, nine House Democrats and 10 House Republicans have already signaled interest in joining: Reps. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.), Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Lloyd Doggett (D-Tx.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), Walt Minnick (D-Ind.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Mark Souder (R-Ind.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.).