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.