The legislation would create a commission to examine the causes of agency delays in processing FOIA requests and would suggest steps to help eliminate backlogs, according to a statement released by the author of the legislation, Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Dakota Access pipeline to remain in operation despite calls for shutdown | Biden hopes to boost climate spending by B | White House budget proposes .4B for environmental justice Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs Biden hopes to boost climate spending by billion MORE (D-Vt.).

The Faster FOIA Act of 2011, or S.627, has been sent to the House for consideration.