Do you think your Senators will read it? Your Representative?
What if they had to? What if every bill had to be read word-for-word by House clerks before a quorum (majority) in each chamber of Congress?
Wouldn’t we get...
- Shorter bills...
- Simpler bills...
- and, most importantly, FEWER bills?
You may borrow from or copy this letter...
You misrepresent your constituents when you pass bills without reading them.
That’s why DownsizeDC.org’s RTBA requires a full reading of each bill before a quorum in your chamber.
You might think that’s unrealistic, but you’d have it backwards.
YOUR BILLS are unrealistic. The 844-page Immigration bill (S. 744) is the latest example. Too many pages means more complexity and more problems, just like with previous huge bills ranging in size from a few hundred pages to more than 2,000...
* “No Child Left Behind” made education worse.
* The Medicare drug entitlement will add trillions to the federal debt.
* Obamacare is causing employers to drop coverage and doctors to retire early.
* Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank punish honest businesses with useless requirements and paperwork.
What do those bills have in common?
* They were huge
* Congress didn’t read them before passing them
* They all try to solve problems through COERCION.
I will interpret Congress’s refusal to do this in the following way . . .
* The institution you serve is un-reformable
* The institution you serve is criminal
* The Declaration of Independence suggests you should be replaced
James Wilson is Policy Research Director of DownsizeDC.org.