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A bill to increase transparency on how your tax dollars are spent passed the U.S. Senate this week.
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A bill to increase transparency on how your tax dollars are spent passed the U.S. Senate this week.

Do you ever wonder where your tax dollars go? It's pretty hard even for lawmakers and reporters to track those dollars because there's not an easily searchable database of federal spending.

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner is hoping to change that. This week he helped pass a bill in the Senate to create such a database.

It's "an important bill that would make sure taxpayers and policy makers can track every dollar the federal government spends. It's pretty unbelievable that in this day and age, we don't have an easily accessible website for tracking every federal tax dollar. But believe it or not, we don't," Warner says. "Instead, we have an incomplete and throughly confusing structure of financial recording which most people can't understand."

Warner says the federal government is way behind.

"I have served in business, I have served as governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, so I've done business accounting, state government accounting. There is nothing like federal government accounting and the lack of standards and transparency. Our taxpayers deserve to know where their money goes and it is our obligation to share that information in a clear and direct way."

The Digital Accountability and Transparency of Data Act passed the Senate unanimously.

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