DC Downsizer Corey Stern has been contacted by one of his Senators about RTBA. The Senator is Mark Dayton of Minnesota, a Democrat. Mr. Dayton's letter to Mr. Stern is reproduced below.
As is becoming usual with members of Congress in responding to RTBA, Senator Dayton sidesteps the issue by saying that RTBA has not been introduced in Congress. No kidding. The point of all of the messages he has received from Downsizers on this issue was to ask HIM to sponsor it!
If you live in Minnesota please send Senator Dayton a message asking him to explain why he is not introducing the "Read the Bills Act." Tell him you know he has the power to introduce this legislation, and that you want him to do so. Send him to the text of the legislation at http://www.downsizedc.org/rtba_legislation.shtml
To avoid the "hard wired" text used in our lobbying system message you can write to Senator Dayton directly at this address: Senator_Dayton@dayton.senate.gov
If you send a message to Senator Dayton please leave a comment here telling us so.
February 16, 2006
Dear Mr. Stern:
Thank you for contacting me in regard to the Read the Bills Act of 2005. This proposed legislation has not been formally introduced in the 109th Congress. However, I agree that our government needs to be more accountable and transparent to the American public and that Members of Congress should be provided sufficient time to read all legislation before casting roll call votes.
Please know that I will keep your thoughts well in mind, if the Read the Bills Act of 2005 is introduced and comes to the Senate Floor for consideration. I hope that you will continue to share your views with me as my colleagues and I in the 109th Congress work to create and enact laws of genuine value. Again, thank you for taking the time to be in touch.
My best regards.
Sincerely, Mark Dayton United States Senator