Thursday, July 9, 2009

It's Even Worse When It's the Majority Leader

It is not a very good thing when a Congressman laughs at the notion that Congressmen should read the text of a bill before voting on it.'s Monica Gabriel and Marie Magleby report today that Majority Leader Steny Hoyer actually laughed when asked by if Members of Congress should read a government health care "reform" 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

If the bill is so unimportant it's not worth the trouble to read (by people who are paid well to read it, no less!), maybe we should just do without.


Euripides July 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM  

Overheard on the House floor:

"Good grief, we don't actually read that crap. That's what we pay our staff to do."

I've got a more radical suggestion. How about we pay our Congress triple what they make in a year, then have them all go home. I think the country would get along just fine without all the new crisis laws up for vote.

conservative generation July 9, 2009 at 6:50 PM  

Those defending Hoyer have said things like, it's too complicated for reps to understand everything.

My theory is, if it's too complicated for the average guy to understand it should not be a law. Any law with 1300 is so complex it can't possibly work.

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