Couldn’t They Read It First?
Specter Makes An Admission
Sen. Arlen Specter was one on three Republicans who voted to end debate on the omnibus spending bill (the so called Stimulus Package) yesterday. This assures that the bill will be voted on and passed by a simple majority in the Senate. Currently, the Senate has 40 Republicans and 59 Democrats, with Minnesota still un-represented.
Today Arlen Specter is seen here saying that more time is needed for hearings. That’s a little odd, because the issue that made him come to this point of view concerns health care; the Senate version of this bill requires doctors to get federal approval on treatments even before discussing them with their patients. Since he had a serious bout with cancer, Specter, of all people, should realize the implications.
Specter has survived a bout with cancer, which Megyn Kelly notes, and wonders why Specter would support a bill that forces doctors to get federal approval on treatments before discussing them with their patients. The answer? Specter apparently never read the bill before agreeing to cloture.
Never read the bill? Never read the bill.
I would support a law that required Senators and Congressmen to read every bill that they vote on. Wouldn’t you? I’ll modify that idea – I would support a bill that would censure any Senator or Congressman who votes on a bill that he hasn’t read. Seriously, that puts a significant burden of proof on a potential accuser, one on par with the penalty imposed.
Oh – “Are bills too big for one person to read”, you may object? “Isn’t that why the politicians in office have staff?” No. If the bills are too big for one person to read, then they’re too big to be understood by those charged with obeying them. If “staff” read these large bills by committee, then the bills are of the committee, by the committee and for the committee, not the people. That would indicate it’s time for a change.