- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says he’s disappointed the House went home for the year without taking up his bill that would have updated the federal Freedom of Information Act.

The Vermont Democrat says the bill, co-sponsored by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, came out of the Senate with bipartisan support and was backed by more than 70 groups that advocated for government transparency.

The bill would have put in law an executive order issued by President Barack Obama in 2009 that calls for government agencies to respond to public requests for information with a presumption of openness. It said the agencies could withhold information from public release, but would have to identify a foreseeable harm from its release in order to do so.

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