72-hour disclosure rule, R.I.P.





As the House GOP rushes at “supersonic speed” to finalize passage of the Senate-minted fiscal cliff tax hikes (with puny spending cuts) bill, it appears Republican leaders have amnesia about the “read the bill” public disclosure rules they put in place in January 2011. The 72-hour rule was part of the GOP’s “pledge to America.”

We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives. No more hiding legislative language from the minority party, opponents, and the public. Legislation should be understood by all interested parties before it is voted on.

Promises, promises.


  • J Butler

    They’re “tired.” Its Jan and they aren’t at home getting their rest. We need to let them know they’re welcome to take a permanent rest. We must hold them accountable- mount primary challenges to these inept leader. #fireboehner

  • http://twitter.com/HuandaRulz Jose Sarabia

    2014 is a good year to let all of them go, new blood and direction is needed in Congress

    • JimmyJusticeUSA

      yeah the new blood of Obama was a breath of fresh air to the white house or the 2010 tea party members who, on average, scored a more liberal voting record than the establishment. The only thing you are voting out is your brain.

      • Hiraghm

        Not only that, but men give birth more often than women….

      • http://twitter.com/HuandaRulz Jose Sarabia

        Obama is a hypocrite and a liar, but when it come to members of Congress most, on both parties, are already tainted, the only solution to this problem is to establish term limits, but just as welfare, nobody votes against their own convenience.

  • Garth Haycock

    The 72-hour rule went the way of Obama’s one-week rule…it never existed.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    I’d give ’em a bit of a pass on this, since a) it is rather critical, and b) any further delay will just be shrieked down by the Collaborationist Media as more obstructionism.

    • Hiraghm

      What’s critical about it?

  • nc

    They’re on the Pelosi Standard – they have to pass it to find out what’s in it.

  • Dapandico

    The 72 hours rule was a sound bite for election. Same as most open and transparent administration.

  • TocksNedlog

    Perhaps that rule expired along with the payroll tax holiday.

  • TocksNedlog

    “Rule, shmule! We’ve already pissed off these journalists enough by making them work on New Years Eve AND New Years Day.”