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Nov. 13, 2010 at 7:29 AM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- When the Republican party assumes the U.S. House majority in January, it will run more openly to the public, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said Saturday.

In the party's weekly radio and Internet address, Walden said both the Democrats and Republicans had traditionally run the House in ways that suited them rather than the public.

"Too often, accountability counts for nothing, and transparency for even less, and common sense -- well, it's an endangered species," Walden said.

Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the expected incoming House Speaker, appointed Walden to lead the party's transition team

Walden said the party is seeking public input online regardless of political affiliation, through Boehner's Web site at GOPLeader.gov/NewMajority.

Among the changes already announced is that cameras will be installed in the meeting room of the House Rules Committee, to be led by Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., the report said.

Walden said Republicans are also trying to expedite the online posting of bills coming up for a vote.

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