Democratic Congressman: You expect us to read bills before passing them?

Representation with reading!

CNS is reporting that they asked the No. 2 Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer, “whether he supported a pledge that asks members of the Congress to read the entire [health care] bill before voting on it and also make the full text of the bill available to the public for 72 hours before a vote.” Apparently, he found that humorous:

“House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the health-care reform bill now pending in Congress would garner very few votes if lawmakers actually had to read the entire bill before voting on it.

“If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes,” Hoyer told CNSNews.com at his regular weekly news conference.

. . . In fact, Hoyer found the idea of the pledge humorous, laughing as he responded to the question. “I’m laughing because a) I don’t know how long this bill is going to be, but it’s going to be a very long bill,” he said

How discouraging is this? Our “leaders” not only do not weigh the constitutionality of the bills they vote for, they have in fact, no clue what is in them! This is like you or I giving our banking information to that guy in Algiers that promises to deposit 50 million dollars into our account!

Where is the responsibility? The common sense? The desire to serve the people? It is simply not there! These gasbags stand in the House, or Senate, and speak on how this bill, or that bill, will help our nation, without knowing even what in the Hell they are voting for!

 Decisions that will affect our health care, our economy, our taxes, all decided by jackals that cannot be bothered to get off their lazy asses and READ what they are voting for! These men and women are supposed to be our best and brightest? Yeah right!

Give me thirty minutes, and I could find a dozen or more Americans that could do a more thorough and responsible job. If all they did was sit around and play cards, and never voted on anything, they would serve us better frankly!

Folks, I am so tired of this. Frankly, I would like to see every single member of the House that voted yes on a bill without reading it voted OUT of office next year! The same with every senator up for re-election next year! You can bet your behind I am going to decide my votes next November on that standard, and I call on every American to do the same! I am going to call it the Congressional Literacy Project! We are going to reach out and help our Congressmen learn that READING is truly FUNDAMENTAL to keeping their jobs!

4 thoughts on “Democratic Congressman: You expect us to read bills before passing them?

  1. Pingback: If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes, « THE DANDELION

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  3. I’m right with you on this one, although I decided that with the stimulus bill. If my representatives in Congress can’t be bothered to read the legislature, then how in the blazes are they representing me when they don’t even know what they are voting on?!?!?!?! Too bad we can’t do a vote of no confidence on Congress, I bet the results would be an eyeopener… oh wait… Congress can’t read, so what’s the point?

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