Voting on a Stimulus They Haven't Read
11:04 PM, Feb 12, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
House Democrats plan to vote on the stimulus at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and thus break their pledge to post any bill online for 48 hours before voting on it.
Paul Bedard of U.S. News reported this afternoon that lobbyists have copies of the bill but congressional staffers do not. As of late this evening, a GOP aide said that he had not yet received a copy of the final text of the bill.
If the House GOP can't slow the bill down because rules there are so tough, then senators have the obligation to do so. They need to insist the stimulus be read in full by clerk and insist on debate. If the Democrats are going to shove a trillion dollar spending bill down the country's throat, shouldn't that at least be done in the light of day?
Don't Collins, Specter, and Snowe want to try to salvage whatever's left of their reputations in the GOP and stick up for minimal procedural fairness? If they don't, shouldn't their colleagues publicly pressure them into doing so?