WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) gave America a disturbing look at what happens behind-the-scenes in the legislature. While a printer worked furiously behind him, Lee explained how the Senate was just given under 1 hour to read and comprehend a massive spending bill before the scheduled vote.
Here is Senator Lee’s message from July 21st, 2015:
LEE: We received this bill at 3:07 p.m. The bill is 1,033 pages long. We’re being called on to vote on it at 4 o’clock. We’re only up to about page 500 in printing it off. I’m pretty sure that its going to be hard to read the whole bill in its entirety and understand it in the roughly 30 minutes between now and when we have to vote on the bill.
If I don’t have time to read legislation before voting on it, my default vote is no. We received the highway bill today at 3:06 p.m., and it is over 1,000 pages long. Our first vote on this legislation is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
Posted by United States Senator Mike Lee on Tuesday, July 21, 2015
“If I don’t have time to read legislation before voting on it, my default vote is no,” Senator Lee commented on his video. That’s a principle endorsed by Police State USA in a 2013 article, A Pro-Liberty Approach to Lawmaking.
Responsibility for the rush-to-vote ultimately lies with the Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell reportedly had just reached a deal with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on six years of federal spending and wanted to ram it through with little debate and no amendments. The schedule made it sot that effectively no one aside from the authors would know for sure what was buried in the massive bill.
It goes without saying that if the Senators themselves don’t have a chance to read a bill, then neither does the voting public have a chance to analyze it and give feedback to their representatives. The very idea of voting on bills without debate is undemocratic and incompatible with a free society.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have seen egregious abuse of power from majority leaders. Last session, House leader John Boehner successfully pushed through a federal gun-ban with only 10 (out of 435) members present!
Fortunately, McConnell’s treacherous maneuver was unsuccessful, this time. Riled opponents rejected a motion to begin debate, 41-56.
Despite the setback, McConnell intends to pressure a vote as soon as possible, even if it means keeping the Senate in session over the weekend. Even with a few extra days, who can realistically read, digest, and understand 1,033 pages of legalese in under a week?
When Americans correctly understand the level of corruption in the legislature, there can be no wondering about the source of the bad laws and injustices we lament so frequently on this website. The only remedy is more exposure and political pressure, but the vast majority of voters are too wrapped up with sports and Reality TV to be bothered with political activism.
Per tutti che vogliono semplicemente prendi il loro particolare relazione gioco a un livello superiore, EliteSingles è felice introdurre la nostra collaborazione con certificato Clinica Sociale dipendente e amore coach, Hilary Silver. Finding a dating mentor esattamente who si adatta a te potrebbe essere un difficile procedura. C’è una serie di soluzioni sul mercato, piuttosto...
1login Xbet 1xbet Turkey Credible Bookmakers Do this by going to appleid.apple.com after which following the steps to create a new Apple account. Make certain you set the state to Cyprus as your nation. You’ll have to sign into your new Apple ID on your telephone if you obtained a popup error. You ought to...
1xbet Giriş Most online bookies today have to offer a decent quantity of bonus offers, and 1xBet doesn’t drop the ball there. They’ve notably received a concentrate on Esports offers, which is nice information for anybody in search of esports betting in Canada. There are some countries which have not given 1xBet the chance to...
Definition Of Ethereum Moreover, Binance hasn’t shut off the taps to Ethereum, making the argument of it clogging the community considerably moot. Some retailers have already begun accepting ether as a way of fee, and that quantity is more likely to grow as customers look for alternatives to credit cards and different payment strategies. In...
Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoins Virtual Cousin The new system will accomplish this by breaking data verification tasks up amongst units of nodes and every will be answerable for verifying simply the information it’s acquired. That allows the entire blockchain to make use of parallel processing, which may enhance total capacity a number of times over. Between...