Congressional Republicans Introduce Bill To Make Federal Trade Commission Meetings Secret
This week, Congressman Pete Olson, a Republican from Texas, introduced H.R. 5116 – a bill that will give the Federal Trade Commission the legal authority to meet about its official business in secret, away from public view.
The legislation is cosponsored by three other congressional Republicans: Michael Burgess, Leonard Lance, and Markwayne Mullin.
Olson has not issued a statement explaining why he believes the Federal Trade Commission needs to meet in secret, or to identify the kinds of Federal Trade Commission operations that the American public shouldn’t know about. The text of H.R. 5116 is not yet available.
The primary mission of the Federal Trade Commission is to protect consumers from abusive corporate practices and to prevent anticompetitive trade practices.
Can you think of a good reason that the Federal Trade Commission should hold meetings about its official business in secret, out of public view?