Congressman Lance Gooden introduced an amendment to ensure government transparency and increase accountability of elected officials in Washington. The House Committee on Financial Services held its formal organizing meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30, to adopt the rules package offered by the Democrat majority. The package, unamended, failed to require the rules be made available to the public, or to those called to testify before the committee. Congressman Gooden’s amendment would have required the rules of the committee to be published on the committee website and in the Congressional Record.
Congressman Gooden stated, “Transparency must always be one of the fundamental pillars of this body. We are the people’s government and we should provide them unfettered access to the activity of this committee.”
Democrats rejected Gooden’s efforts to increase transparency for the American people. “Perhaps my colleagues across the aisle would’ve included this rule if they were as focused on monitoring themselves as they are on harassing the president and his family. Nonetheless, this is an important provision that shouldn’t be left out of our rules,” said the Congressman.
First elected in 2018, Congressman Lance Gooden represents Texas’ 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The 5th District stretches from Dallas County to Cherokee, Henderson, Kaufmann, Anderson, Van Zandt and Wood Counties.
Lance and his wife, Alexa, live in Terrell with their son, Liam.