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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?

4 thoughts on “Congressional Republicans Introduce Bill To Make Federal Trade Commission Meetings Secret”

  1. ella says:

    Thank you, I have marked H. R. 5116 for future reference. It is interesting that they want to hold a secret meeting and that there is no precedence to do so. Never before have they ever done so. Now they must pass a law to do so and establish a future precedence – interesting.

  2. J Clifford says:

    Days later, the text of H.R. 5116 is still not available from the Government Printing Office. Pete Olson hasn’t made it available on his congressional web site either.

    Doesn’t he want people to read the text of his legislation?

  3. ella says:

    While we are waiting, there are a few interesting things to note. There is a headline that reads: “12,379,000 Blacks, 13,878,00 Hispanics Not in Labor Force in April” followed by a headline: “Labor Force Participation Rate Dropped to 62.8% In April: 94,044,000 Out” […] (of work)
    That leaves close to 68 million ‘whites’ and others out of work in the U.S.

    But the first headline in this grouping reads: “‘EU Leaders Extend Border Controls; Merkel Warns Against ‘Nationalism’ ”
    This at a time when London. England has a newly elected Muslim Mayor and the unemployed rate of the EU is around 30% of the total population.
    http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STAT-16-1581_en.htm
    508,191,116, is a rough mixture of population counts by country from 2011 up to 2016 in a few cases. That leaves about 15,243,335 people unemployed in the EU.
    The U.S. has a total population in 2016 of 322,762,018 with 94,044,000 people out of work. The EU has about 18,542,910 more people with about a 30% unemployment rate. The U.S. has a much higher unemployed rate and millions of illegal immigrants while the EU is bringing in immigrants by the thousands and displacing member workers while increasing their tax burdens. The U.S. is bringing in immigrants to displace citizen workers, while trying to find a way to deal with illegal immigration.
    While this shifting of global populations and religions is taking place, and the world moves further toward globalization governing,those who essentially began the effort through the United Nations, are still relying on the U. S. to fund the movement. Is it time for those others who are now profiting to pay their dues?

  4. H. Rakfeldt says:

    Here is the information about HR 5116 –

    http://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/5116/text

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