Op-ed: Credit Chaffetz for his help in improving Freedom of Information Act

There were two big reasons to celebrate the Fourth of July this year: America's 240th birthday and the 50th anniversary of passage of one of the most important pieces of legislation in our nation's history — the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

For half a century, Americans have relied on FOIA to gain access to vital information from the government. FOIA has brought to light numerous issues of public concern, including the link between cancer and a top-selling toothpaste; the E. coli-tainted beef that the Department of Agriculture allowed to be processed and sold even after it found E-coli contamination in numerous meat plants; and the hundreds of millions of dollars in overseas Katrina aid turned down by the U.S. government.


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