"As The Hill reports, the U.S. Senate’s ‘top tax writers have promised their colleagues 50 years worth of secrecy in exchange for suggestions on what deductions and credits to preserve’ in a tax ‘reform’ bill that aims to overhaul the tax code from scratch. The system, reports the newspaper, allows only 10 congressional staff members to have ‘direct access to a senator’s written suggestions’ and ‘each submission will be given its own ID number and be kept on password-protected servers, with printed versions kept in locked safes’ in the National Archives until the end of 2064.
The architects of this scheme, Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) suggest that secrecy is the best way to facilitate input from all senators, as lawmakers will know they can make substantive suggestions without the fear of political retribution."
Ridiculous. I wonder if the votes will be secret too?