Friday, May 27, 2005

A Message From DownsizeDC.org Part 3

On Wednesday, March 30,2005 and again on April 27,2005 I posted messages (see my archives) about what I feel is a very important project that DownsizeDC.org (www.downsizedc.org) has been working on. Writing a draft for legislation that would require all members on Congress to read all of the bills they vote on before their vote is cast.

Last night I received an e-mail from DownsizeDC.org which said they have submitted legislation entitled "the Read the Bills Act of 2005" ((RTBA), to Congress, it will require members of Congress to, " * Read every word of every bill before a vote can be held on that bill.
* Read every word of every old law that comes up for renewal under the sunset provisions.
* Publish every bill on the Internet at least 7 days before a vote is held, to allow time for public comment."

I don't know about you but I don't feel this is something our members of Congress have been in the habit of doing in the past. If you or I were about to sign a legal contract we would read it thoroughly before signing it. Congress should think of voting on a bill as signing a legal contract. Not reading the contract could cost you or I money, not reading the bill should cost them votes in the next election. I hope you will help DownsizeDC.org by showing your support for this legislation.

You can read an extensive summary of RTBA at, http://www.downsizedc.org/read_the_laws.shtml Or you can read the entire RTBA at, http://www.downsizedc.org/rtba_legislation.shtml If you would like to send a message to your elected officials urging them to sponsor the RTBA go to, http://action.downsizedc.org/wyc.php?cid=27 there you will be provided with a pre-written message which you can edit.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

6 Comments:

Blogger Terry "Tex" Turner said...

Do you think Congress members will even read THAT bill before voting on it?

10:40 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

Hehe... I have to side with Guy. Congressmen don't like to read every bill. They usually only vote or pay attention to bills that affect their agenda(s).

11:46 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

Thats why it will be read to them, see Section 3 (a) of the RTBA.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

5:07 PM  
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I think the idea with public comments is very good. This is the only was to have true information from real people.

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Blogger Katherine Thayer said...

No need to read the Bill... Just vote. That's politics!

8:23 PM  

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