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Senator Paul Wants Senate to Actually Read Bill Before Voting

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07/03/2012 12:22 PM
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Senator Paul Wants Senate to Actually Read Bill Before Voting
“Congress has a 10% approval rating and one of the reasons is that we don’t even obey our own rules.” With those words Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) opened a powerful declamation against the Senate’s habits of hiding things in bills “in the dead of night” and voting on them without giving members of that body (or the people) enough time to read them and know what they’re voting on.

“Not one member of the Senate will read this bill before we vote on it,” Paul said, holding up a copy of a 600-page behemoth that contained provisions dealing with everything from highways to student loans to federal flood insurance.

Paul indicated that he received the bill just hours before he would be asked to vote on it and that there were things added at the last minute that no one would know about and that would become law in direct violation of the senate rule.

Paul referred specifically to Rule 28, Paragraph 9 of the Senate that requires every bill to be post online for at least 48 hours before a vote is taken.

The Senator from Kentucky is not new to this fight. Last March, in order to reinforce that rule, Paul proposed a bill that would mandate that senators be given one day to read bill for every 20 pages of text.

Upon submitting that bill, Paul said:

"In keeping with my pledge to increase transparency and accessibility in the U.S. Senate, I am proud to introduce this rule change today. Too often in Congress, legislation is shoved through without hearings, amendments or debate. If we are to answer to the American people, it is imperative we pay close attention to the legislation we consider to ensure it is in concert with the Constitution and purview of the Senate's authority."

It’s been over a year since that bill was introduced and apparently, nothing has changed.

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07/03/2012 01:11 PM
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It's about god damn time.
They are passing bills that affect 300+ million people and don't even read the shit.

Now the corporate buyouts that vote on this shit have more of a job than just saying "YES!"