Cornyn talks up open government proposal

AUSTIN (AP) _ U.S. Senator John Cornyn today said he'll push for legislation to make government spending information more accessible to the public.

Cornyn, who made the comments in Austin, says the move is similar to what state Comptroller Susan Combs has done in Texas. Cornyn is proposing an expansion of the national government
spending Web site that allows people to search federal contracts and grants.

A pilot program would allow searches of such expenditures as government staff salaries and travel costs. Combs took office in 2006 and began posting the expenditures of
her agency and others online. The national Web site http://www.usaspending.gov resulted from the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, which had bipartisan backing in Congress.