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Thursday, July 9, 2009

I don't think we are asking too much

Okay, now I think I've heard it all. Recently the House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D.-Md.) had the audacity to say that if members of Congress acutally read the health care bill, it wouldn't pass.

I know that Members have lots on their plates, I used to work for one and that they have staff to read bills. However, it should be in their job description to read what it is they are voting on. The House Majority leader even laughed when asked about a pledge that would require members to read bills in their entirity before voting on them and to make them transparent (you know what the President kept pledging during the election - he would have the most transparent government in our time).

This pledge is being proposed by Let Freedom Ring, a Delaware-based conservative organization. Colin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring, said Hoyer’s comment is evidence that lawmakers in Congress are “off-track.” “It tells the American people how off-track our legislative process has become,” Hanna said. “I think if the framers of our Constitution ever saw an entire legislative body vote on a 1,500-page bill that no one had read, they would shudder--if not go into fits of apoplexy.” Just a piece of trivia here but do you know how long the transportation and highway bill was back in the early part of th 19th century which was designed to builds roads and bridges across this great country? It was less than 60 pages. Perhaps our legislators are throwing more hot air than substance in their bills and need to cut it out. Compare that bill to the 1,550 page American Clean Energy and Ssecurity Act of 2009 and the 1, 071 page American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The Democrats in Congress and the president are so keen on getting as much legislation passed befofe the next election when they know they will lose their majorities that they are not representing their constituents. In fact, when the GOP tried to slow down a vote on the "cap-n-tax" energy bill, the democrats hired speed readers to get through the 1000 pages. We don't send members to DC so they can hire speed readers and vote on bills they don't undertadn. It's time to clean House (and Senate) and get new blood in to represent us.

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