Rand Paul proposes a measure that would force the Senate to actually read bills before they pass them. What a novel idea:
After blasting the Senate last week for passing a 600-page bill no one had time to read, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced legislation that would force the Senate to give its members one day to read bills for every 20 pages they contain.
“For goodness sakes, this is a 600-page bill. I got it this morning,” Paul said Friday, just before the Senate approved a massive bill extending highway funding, federal flood insurance and low student loans rates.
“Not one member of the Senate will read this bill before we vote on it,” he added.
Paul also introduced related legislation Friday, S. 3359, that would prohibit the inclusion of more than one subject in a single bill.
There’s nothing they can really do about it, though. You know, at the Senate, it’s just work, work, work all the time. They have so much to do to make a better America, they have no choice but to slap together highway/flood insurance/student loan/corn dog standards/hairspray labeling requirements legislation and rush it through the voting process. To help the people.
While the bill officially ended the debate on highway funding, flood insurance and student loans, Congress acted too late to have the measure signed into law by President Obama over the weekend.
Instead, both the House and Senate approved a bill extending the highway and student loan rate for one week, because several days are needed to prepare the bill for the president’s signature.
So, we absolutely can’t wait another moment to pass this bill. We certainly can’t wait long enough for anybody to read it. But we can pass these one-week extensions any time we want to, so we can “prepare the bill for the president’s signature.” (Do we have to send an intern out to buy one of those post-it “Sign Here” stickers?)
If they’re not reading the bills–and clearly not writing them either–can anybody explain what we have a Congress for anymore?