The Defense Authorization bill (NDAA 2014) will cost the average family over a tenth of their income.
But the Senate will spend only a few days to consider it, and then give it a rubber stamp.
That’s why you should tell Congress to support and pass DownsizeDC.org’s Read the Bills Act.
The hardwired message says simply…
Introduce Downsize DC's the Read the Bills Act, which was sponsored in the last Congress by Sen.Rand Paul (S. 3360).
You may borrow from or copy these sample comments…
Like almost every other year, the premier reason to pass the Read the Bills Act is the NDAA.
This year's bill (HR 1960) is 1,104 pages long — and that's BEFORE the Senate gets its hands on it.
The SUMMARY of the bill at the Library of Congress site is nearly 22,000 words — one-third the length of the average BOOK.
I know you won't even read the summary, let alone the bill itself.
There may be a few debates on some issues, but the majority will pass it… WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT'S IN IT.
Do you call that "representative government?"
Also, the bill will cost the average family nearly $5,700. But how much will…
* go to actual national defense?
* instead go to your contractor lobbyist cronies?
* pay for foreign aid and 1,000 military bases across the globe?
* pay for warrantless spying?
Do you even know?
The Read the Bills Act would FORCE you to know. Plus, it would give the public time to find out what's in the bill and give you feedback.
That's REPRESENTATIVE government!
If you find that doing your job - reading the bills you support - is impractical and inconvenient, perhaps you should consider stepping aside.
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