TUESDAY 6-24-08…Do you believe members of Congress should be required to read each and every bill on which they vote? What’s that? You say “don’t they read ‘em already?” This may come as a shock….but no they don’t. They pass bills that none of ‘em have read, and sometimes, printed copies aren’t even available when they DO vote.

Sometimes, they have members of their staffs do the reading and then recommend how the Senator or member of Congress should vote. All too often, no one knows what these bills contain, what they really do, or how much they really cost. Additions and deletions can be made at the last minute, and in secret.

But wouldn’t it be nice if members were actually required to read each and every bill before voting on it? I do, and fortunately, there is a movement underway to bring that about. It’s too bad that such a movement is necessary but there’s a basic principle at stake. Remember the slogan “No taxation without representation.” Members of Congress, were voted into office to represent “We, The People”. Those in Congress who vote on legislation they have not read, have NOT represented their constituents. They have misrepresented them!

If you agree why don’t you check out the web site at http://www.downsizeDC.org  

The Read The Bills Act would require members of congress sign an affidavit stating they have read and understand the bills they vote on. Passage of a bill that doesn’t abide by the provisions of RTBA, will render the measure null and void, and establish grounds for the law to be challenged in court. What a great way to re-emphasize the words “We, the People.”




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