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DOJ objects to FOIA bill, Senate HOLD put on bill

Congress is on the verge of mandating that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are tracked, deadlines enforced and agencies penalized for delays, but the Bush administration and the Department of Justice (DOJ) oppose the bill and the bill in now on hold.

Freedom of Information delays drag on for years But Republicans blocking measure to fix 1966 law By Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, July 18, 2007, Page 4A.

Following easy passage by the House of Representatives and the Senate Judiciary Committee, however, the FOIA fix has been halted. Despite recent reports detailing delays and difficulties in getting government information, the Department of Justice has objected to the new legislation. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., is blocking it under Senate rules that allow any senator to place a “hold” on a bill.

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