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FOIA News: House proposes to extend FOIA's reach to National Security Council

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House Moves to Subject National Security Council to Public Records Law

By Lachlan Markay,  Wash. Free Beacon, May 18, 2016

Congress unanimously advanced a measure on Wednesday to subject the White House’s team of national security advisers to laws giving the public access to internal administration documents.

An amendment to a key Defense Department funding bill brought forward by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R., Ind.) would require the White House National Security Council to produce internal records in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

The amendment comes in the midst of controversy over admissions by Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes in a recent New York Times interview that he and media allies created an “echo chamber” to promote the administration’s nuclear deal with Iran.

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