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The "Free PACER" Bill Has a New CBO Score. The Bill Actually Reduces the Deficit.

That’s not a typo — a revised CBO score for the Open Courts Act has appeared (at least one did in Fix the Court’s inbox), and the bill now reduces the deficit by $14 million over 10 years. That’s incredible!

And yet, the judiciary is once again trying to kill the bill, this time by maintaining that without PACER fees, the judiciary’s IT infrastructure will lack necessary funding.

A few congressional appropriators seem to be buying this (for now), but the simple solution, which we’re confident lawmakers will realize, is that the judiciary should ask for money for its IT costs like every other part of the government — and not rely on a system that multiple courts have deemed illegal in part.

More updates on this to come as we race toward the end of the congressional session.

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