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House Adopts Amash Transparency Reforms

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House Adopts Amash Transparency Reforms - Proposals Make Legislation More Accessible to Public

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, the House passed two legislative process reforms written by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI). The reforms take effect immediately and bind the 113th Congress, which was sworn in this morning.

“Americans should be able to access the legislation their Congress is considering—and to understand what it does,” said Amash. “Too often, bills fail to include key information that would make them comprehensible to our constituents. I am pleased that the House took important steps to increase the transparency of our policymaking by adopting my two reforms.”

The first reform provides that bills reported by House committees include not only the text of the current law that is being amended but also surrounding provisions in current law. The extra context will make it easier for readers to understand what bills do.

The second reform requires legislation to include cross-references to the U.S. Code. Under current practice, many bills are written with cross-references to laws that were enacted decades ago. Finding accurate and up-to-date versions of such laws can be extremely difficult. In contrast, a reasonably current version of the U.S. Code is available for free, online.

Amash made increasing the federal government’s transparency a top priority in his first term. In addition to being the first and only Representative to explain every vote he takes, Amash passed transparency legislation out of the Committee on the Budget and on the House floor.

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will.adams@mail.house.gov

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a. Nobody reads big important legislative laws (except those whom the lobby represents.) Think, how long does it take to read 300-2,000 pages of "technical" paper with cross references to another 10,000?

b. Sneaky laws will always be brought for a vote unexpectedly so even members of the house have only 2-5 hours to read. Amendments often are voted on the spot.

Amash is VP material

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I think you mean Amash is

I think you mean Amash is Presidential Material. :P

The funny part is...

He wouldn't actually be old enough to be president until the 2016 election. I'd vote for him. Though I already did vote for him (for congress at least). Justin is a good man, and I'm proud to have him represent us in Washington.

Justin Amash is in my sig.

http://www.dailypaul.com/262926/justin-amash-a-flyer

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

Rand Paul/Justin Amash 2016!

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Take that Boehner!!!

Here is something that will make him cry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svd3Zwe7mhM

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