The Senate has passed a bill to update the Freedom of Information Act.
By voice vote on Monday, lawmakers endorsed a bill by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas that the sponsors said would require federal agencies to have a presumption of openness.
Under the bill, exemptions to withhold information would be reduced and agencies operating under the act would have to make records available for public inspection in an electronic format.
Leahy said the bill would make the government open to the more than 300 million Americans it is supposed to serve. The bill now heads to the House.