Ron Paul – Op Ed: Fiscal Cliff Bill Passed In 3 Minutes, They Don't Even Pretend To Read The Bills Anymore!Submitted by SteveMT on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 02:35
Fiscal Cliff Bill Passed In 3 Minutes, They Don’t Even Pretend To Read The Bills Anymore!
By: Ron Paul - January 11, 2013
Last week the Senate and House demonstrated again why their approval ratings are so low. The 154 page “fiscal cliff” bill was made available to Senators just three minutes before the vote was taken on the legislation. No one can read 154 pages in three minutes, so it is safe to assume that the legislation was passed without being read.
Then the House brought the lengthy and complicated bill to a vote just 22 hours after the text had been available, meaning a full reading of the legislation was not likely possible. This was a clear violation of the “three day rule” adopted by the 112th Congress, which in the name of transparency ordered the House to make legislation available to the public a full three days before a Floor vote.
Perhaps this race to a vote, amid cries of the end of the world without a solution to the manufactured crisis, explains why an even greater than usual amount of special-interest carve-outs made it into the bill.