Read a bill before voting on it? Please!

Obama and Pelosi like to brag about how this is the most ethical, transparent Congress EVAH!, but that’s far from the truth. Bills aren’t available far enough in advance that Americans can read them before they’re voted on. Obama certainly hasn’t gone over any bill “line by line” to make sure no earmarks make their way in.

And now, the latest, Steny Hoyer laughs at the notion that members of Congress would actually read a bill before voting on it.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the health-care reform bill now pending in Congress would garner very few votes if lawmakers actually had to read the entire bill before voting on it.

“If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes,” Hoyer told at his regular weekly news conference.

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Hoyer was responding to a question from on whether he supported a pledge that asks members of the Congress to read the entire bill before voting on it and also make the full text of the bill available to the public for 72 hours before a vote.

In fact, Hoyer found the idea of the pledge humorous, laughing as he responded to the question. “I’m laughing because a) I don’t know how long this bill is going to be, but it’s going to be a very long bill,” he said.

“Members clearly–and staff and review boards, they read them in their entirety. They go over it with members, and members read substantial portions of the bill themselves, but the issue is–I don’t know who signed this (pledge), but frankly the opposition has been very vociferous, not of the verbiage and bill, but on the concept that it incorporates,” Hoyer said.

Let Freedom Ring, a Delaware-based conservative organization, is circulating a pledge that asks members of Congress to promise to read the entirety of the final text of a health-care reform bill before they vote on it. They also are asking that the full bill be made available for review by the public for 72 hours before Congress votes on it.

Colin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring, said Hoyer’s comment is evidence that lawmakers in Congress are “off-track.”

“It tells the American people how off-track our legislative process has become,” Hanna said. “I think if the framers of our Constitution ever saw an entire legislative body vote on a 1,500-page bill that no one had read, they would shudder–if not go into fits of apoplexy.”

Hanna said the pledge to read the full health-care bill–and all future bills–is one way for lawmakers to show that they are not casual in their commitment to constituents.

“We think the American public expects their legislators to know what’s in a bill before they support it, and we’re urging legislators to sign a pledge to that effect,” Hanna told

By signing the “Responsible Health-care Reform Pledge,” lawmakers commit to reading the entire bill and making it available to the public for three days before they cast their votes.

The pledge says, “I, (Name inserted here), pledge to my constituents and to the American people that I will not vote to enact any health-care reform package that: 1) I have not read, personally, in its entirety; and, 2) Has not been available, in its entirety, to the American people on the Internet for at least 72 hours, so that they can read it too.”

Earlier stories revealed that few – if any -congressmen read the 1,550-page American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 or the 1,071-page American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 before voting on the bills.

I think the real point Steny Hoyer was trying to make was that, if members of Congress actually did read the Obamacare bill, very few of them would vote for it. Same goes for Americans — if their constituents were allowed to see exactly what kind of trash was being passed in Washington, they’d be outraged.

It’s sad that our politicians today laugh at the idea of reading bills before they vote on them. It may be a common practice to vote without reading what you’re voting for, but it doesn’t excuse it or make it less abhorrant. The Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves, to see the country they created run by a group of elitist, socialist idiots who no longer serve their constituents.

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

Cross-posted from Cassy’s blog. Stop by for more original commentary or follow her on Twitter!

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