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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fools on the Hill



We want to See the Final Version Before the Vote!

TELL CONGRESS:
NO MORE passing bills without reading them!
NO MORE adding hundreds of pages to a bill in the middle of the night and passing it the next morning!
NO MORE special interests influencing our laws at the last possible minute!
NO MORE bundling bills the way Wall Street bundles securities!
SIGN the petition and tell Congress NO MORE! We should have the right and sufficient time to thoroughly analyze and understand the final version of any bill before the final vote.
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Total number of signatures: 10429
BE SURE TO JOIN US JULY 17-20 AS WE CONVERGE ON DC to rally for political reform. We will be hand delivering the petition and a copy of “Fools on the Hill” to each member of Congress so that they can see this is an issue that everyone wants resolved once and for all. If you would like to take part in the rally or would like more information about it, email us at info@honorinoffice.org
“Politics as usual” is not working.
When the political process permits hundreds of pages of legislation to be shoved down congressional members’ throats before they or anyone else has had a chance to thoroughly review and digest it, something is seriously wrong.
Too often, bundled bills are packed full of pork, special interest clauses, loopholes and dis-related bric-a-brac. We don’t want Members forced to vote in favor of questionable clauses in a bundled bill, and no citizen wants them to miss important clauses buried deep within it or inserted at the last minute.
A process that doesn’t allow lawmakers to proudly display the final version of a bill, (or allocation of funds) for public viewing long before the vote, is a process destined to cause our country’s downfall. It’s a process which inevitably fills the Halls of Congress with the self-serving and makes it extremely difficult for Congress to get even the simplest of decent bills passed. Rushing bills and bundling them makes it impossible for Congress to competently address our country’s problems or protect us from poorly thought out laws.
Bluntly, the current political process sucks and nobody likes it except for the shiftless and self-serving.
It doesn’t have to be like this.
Everyone should have the right and sufficient time to thoroughly analyze and understand the final version of any bill before the final vote. That’s how truly worthwhile legislation gets passed.
CONGRESS NEEDS TO:
Pass a law that requires one subject per bill, and that requires the absolute final version of a bill (or allocation of funds) to be posted publicly on the Internet thirty days before the final vote.
Congress can merely change their rules so that they can do as many non-binding test votes between the Houses and various committees as is needed to perfect a bill. There is no doubt, if they were determined and truly wanted government of, for and by the people, that our members of Congress are smart enough to figure out an effective way to accomplish this needed political reform.





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