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Boehner Backs Mandatory 72 Hour Review on Legislation

  • September 23, 2009
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Congressman Boehner today signed on to what's called a "discharge petition" to force a vote on bipartisan legislation requiring a 72-hour review period on all major legislation. If this plan were approved, bills would be available publicly and posted online for at least three days before Congress votes on them. According to the Examiner:
"Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Brian Baird, D-Wash., are collecting the signatures of House members and if they get 218, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will have to schedule an up or down vote on implementing the three-day rule."
CNSNews.com quotes Boehner calling the proposal "common sense" and saying that "the American people should be given time to read major bills before they come to a vote in Congress":
"Boehner said he has signed the discharge petition and he is urging his fellow lawmakers from both parties to do the same. According to Boehner's office, this is the first time a Democrat has signaled that he would sign a discharge petition since the Democrats took charge of the House."
This isn't the first time Boehner has backed such a proposal. Earlier this year, Boehner submitted his plan for a mandatory 72-hour review period to the White House "Open Government Initiative" – and his suggestion topped the website in votes. And in January, Boehner dropped famously dropped the trillion-dollar "stimulus" spending bill on the House floor in protest of the way Democratic leaders brought it to a vote without giving lawmakers time to read it. In June, he used his time during debate to read aloud from the "cap and trade" national energy tax -- another massive bill no Member of Congress had read. The Washington Times says "GOP lawmakers in particular have hammered Mrs. Pelosi and other Democratic leaders for rushing long, complex bills through the House," and quotes Boehner:
"'The American people are angry that Speaker Pelosi didn't allow the public and their elected representatives to read the trillion-dollar 'stimulus' bill or the national energy tax before they were rammed through the House,' Minority Leader John Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Wednesday. 'Congress can, and must, do better.'"