Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Transparency goes under the Obama Bus: Democrats nix putting pre-vote health bill online

via AP
Senate Finance Committee Democrats have rejected a GOP amendment that would have required a health overhaul bill to be available online for 72 hours before the committee votes.

Republicans argued that transparency is an Obama administration goal. They also noted that their constituents are demanding that they read bills before voting.

Democrats said it was a delay tactic that could have postponed a vote for weeks.

The Democrats noted that unlike other committees, the Finance Committee works off conceptual language that describes policies — instead of legislative language that ultimately becomes law, and which the GOP amendment would have required.

Democrats accepted an alternate amendment to make conceptual language available online before a vote.
Oh.... kinda like we're too stupid to sort it out.

1 comment:

Nisha Thompson said...

But there is still hope for Read the Bill!

The House has a Read the Bill resolution that has been stuck in committee H. Res 554. Last week a discharge petition was filed so that H. Res 554 would be scheduled for a vote!

This would require bills to be put online for 72 hours!

More info here: http://blog.sunlightfoundation.com/2009/09/24/help-get-more-read-the-bill-discharge-petition-signatures/

Call your member of Congress and get them to sign the petition!

We need 218 signatures and are now on 178!

Nisha Thompson
Sunlight Foundation
www.sunlightfoundation.com
nthompson(at)sunlightfoundation(dot)com