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Sen. Booker Asks Rules Committee Leadership to Update Dated Policies to Embrace New Technology

Sens. Booker and McCaskill say new rules are needed to “remove unnecessary barriers to technological creativity while best serving constituents and saving taxpayer resources””

April 1, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker (D-NJ), sent a letter to Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Ranking Member Charles Schumer (D-NY), urging them to update Senate policies pertaining to the usage of digital media and technology. Booker was joined on the letter by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). In the letter, Sens. Booker and McCaskill encourage the Committee to consider rule changes that better reflect the growing utility and reach of digital tools, which can help Senate offices increase transparency and accountability, improve the quality of constituent service, and save taxpayer dollars.

“New technology is changing the way we all live and work, and we have exciting opportunities to harness new tools in the Senate to improve our work with constituents, the senators wrote. “Pursuant to our shared commitment to exemplary public service, we are writing to bring to your attention several opportunities we have identified to update the Rules of the Senate pertaining to new technology. These opportunities include proposals developed to allow for innovation, consistent with best practices in the private sector. Our aim is to remove unnecessary barriers to technological creativity while best serving constituents and saving taxpayer resources.”

Full text of the letter can be read here.