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The Senate Hates Young People and Trees...

09/05/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

...or at least that's what it seems like.

There's not much in the way of justification we can think of to explain why the Senate hasn't yet passed S.482, so the conclusion we've come to is that the Senate must have something against the interns, trees, and neglected computers the status quo is affecting.

Thankfully, there is a solution, and together, we can stop this cycle of abuse. See our PSA for more information.

We can end the thankless hours of tedium forced upon our nation's brightest interns. We can bring to a halt the needless printing of reams and reams of paper. And yes, we can put computers to their proper use in the Senate.

The Senate can pass S.482.

...now we can poke fun of the Senate for their ridiculousness -- and we have obviously have in this video -- but electronic filing of information is fundamental to transparency and our ability to hold senators accountable.

House candidates and presidential candidates have been filing their campaign finance reports electronically for almost 10 years. Why should Senate candidates be any different? And, why should we be denied the opportunity to find out who is funding Senate candidates' campaigns in a timely manner?

S.482 is the lowest of low-hanging fruit, and it's time the Senate picked this one off and let us move on to even more pressing transparency issues.