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New Effort Afoot to Pass FOIA Bill
Lawmakers are scrambling to align House and Senate versions of a bill to tighten freedom of information laws in time to pass it this year. But with less than three weeks left before Congress recesses for the holidays, Democratic leaders say the chances of that happening are uncertain. After talks to reconcile the bills went nowhere, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, presented a new version of their bill Tuesday that would bring its financial issues in line with the House version.