Washington, DCToday, Representative John Curtis (R-UT), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after introducing the “Let Everyone Access a Copy of Transcripts Resolution” to give all Members of the House of Representatives better access to Congressional hearing documents. The resolution would amend the House Rules to require any recordings or transcripts of classified hearings, briefings, depositions, etc. be made available to all Members when they are made available to Committee Members.

“Each Member of Congress, regardless of their party or committee assignments, has the duty of representing their constituents with all available information. Without access to all the information from an oversight investigation, including transcripts, this is impossible,” said Curtis. “That is why I am proud to introduce this resolution to require that all Members—instead of just a select few—have access to transcripts of classified hearings at the same time, including those relating to impeaching the President.”

Background 

  • All Members of the House are cleared to handle and view classified information, not just those who sit on specific committees.
  • Similarly, all Members will likely vote on impeaching the President, not just those who are on specific Committees and every Member of Congress should have access to all of the information possible to make the best decision on behalf of their constituents.
  • This resolution would amend House rules to allow for all members to read transcripts of classified hearings and depositions related to Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment inquiry.

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