Tuesday, June 30, 2009

72 Hours

The most open, transparent, and ethical government in the history of the universe talks a good game, but really isn't delivering on the promise that the American people (and, incidentally, members of Congress) ought to have enough time to read legislation before it's voted on.

LetFreedomRing is promoting a pledge for MOC's on any future health insurance bill, asking (1) That the member read the bill, and (2) that the bill be available for 72 hours before voting.

It's a pretty simple pledge. I don't know how long it's been up, but as of right now there are only three legislators who have agreed.

But this goes way beyond a health insurance scheme, or the stimulus, or the cap & trade bill. And though Democrats have been particularly egregious offenders as of late, it goes beyond party and administration.


All bills should be out for 72 hours before voting. The only reason to avoid doing so is obfuscation and deceit.

Is it not a member's Constitutional duty to know what exactly it is he's voting on?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Know what? I agree with you 100% on this one.