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Boehner: A GOP Majority Will Post All Bills Online 72 Hours Before a Vote

  • July 23, 2010
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Congressman Boehner has renewed his push for more transparency and accountability in Congress, telling Fox News yesterday that if Republicans win a Majority in November they will begin posting legislation online for at least 72 hours before a vote so Americans – and lawmakers – have time to read it. Watch Boehner here:

BOEHNER: “[I]f we’re lucky enough to be in the Majority, and I’m lucky enough to be the Speaker, I will not bring a bill to the floor that hasn’t been posted online for at least 72 hours. ... With all the technology that is available today, they have all of this online.  So let’s bring more transparency and accountability to how Congress works and let’s get rid of these 2,000 page bills that nobody can read and understand.”
Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Well Boehner’s “read the bill” initiative is not without its detractors – in particular, powerful Democrats who have reveled in ramming massive legislation through Congress just hours after making it public. According to The Hill, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told reporters that posting bills online for 3 days before a vote is "unreasonable," "not relevant," and "not likely." The Democrats in charge of Congress forced a vote on the trillion-dollar “stimulus” in less than 24 hours; same thing on the final version of their national energy tax, $500 billion “omnibus” spending bill, and more. They might think giving voters and lawmakers time to read legislation is “unreasonable,” but Congressman Boehner is working to change the way Congress does business. If you want to help John in his fight to make Congress more open, transparent, and accountable, become a Boehner Campaigner today! READ MORE: