DownsizeDC.org
November 21, 2013
Rand Paul Introduces Read the Bills Act
By Jim Babka

Last week, we announced that Senator Rand Paul introduced “The One Subject at a Time Act” (OSTA). Today, we add to that good news, because he's also introduced...

"The Read the Bills Act" (RTBA)

Remember...

Downsize DC's "Read the Bills Act" would force Congress to read every word of every bill they want to impose on you.

Even more challenging, bills would be read aloud, and at least half of the members would have to sit through the reading.

And if they don't, the legislation would be considered null and void in court.

This is the bill, from our Downsize DC Agenda, that we consider the most important.

It's also the most difficult to get sponsored, intact. The read aloud provision was stripped when Representative Kerry Bentivolio (R-Michigan) introduced the bill in the House of Representatives earlier this year.

But Rand Paul has kept his promise and delivered the bill, intact.

RTBA, with the read aloud provision, would dramatically reduce the number and size of bills Congress passes, because they won't want to endure the fatigue of reading long bills. This would be a crucial reform, BUT...

If Congress won't pass OSTA and RTBA, then that's another sign that there’s no hope for this institution, and the time has come to alter or abolish our present form of government.

We want to keep pressing Congress to pass our bills because...

  • They're a good recruitment tool, plus...
  • They provide a good last chance for Congress to justify its continued existence.

So let's...

  • Thank Rand Paul for introducing "Read the Bills"
  • Ask your Senators to become co-sponsors

Do this...

  • Go to Rand Paul's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorRandPaul  Pick the most recent post, and leave a comment like this, "Thank you Senator Paul for introducing DownsizeDC.org's 'Read the Bills Act' (S.1665) in the Senate."
  • Call his office and say thank you to the staffer who answers: 202-224-4343

Then do this . . .

Use our Educate the Powerful System to ask your supposed representatives to also sponsor "Read the Bills": https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/rtba/

The hardwired letter to Congress for that campaign reads...

Co-sponsor the Read the Bills Act (S.1665).

Following is the letter I sent to Congress. You can copy or edit it for your personal comments...

If I must submit to every word of every bill you pass, then you must submit to READ every word of every bill you pass.

I DENY MY CONSENT for you to continue passing "laws" you haven’t read.

Failing to read your bills amounts to legislation without representation. Revolutions have been fought for less than this.

Please recognize that you're losing the consent of the American people, and that without that consent you have no legitimacy. Reverse your course, or it will become necessary to alter or abolish you.

You can send your letter to Congress here: https://secure.downsizedc.org/etp/rtba/

Last week, we sent a press release about the One Subject at a Time Act. We got thousands of web views. Today, we've done the same with Read the Bills. Can you contribute to reach as many media outlets as possible?

Are we earning your support?

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

P.S. The biggest and best news in the history of the Downsize DC Agenda is still to come. And more good news on top of that. Please take action today, give generously, and stay tuned!

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