Filibuster Reform

Posted Sunday, December 5, 2010, at 9:03 AM
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  • I'm all for it.

    But filibusters do not concern me nearly as much as the bloated legislation we've been seeing. Too much opportunity for things to be squirrelled away in there, when you're playing with 1000+ pages.

    What I'd really like to see is a set of requirements for introducing, amending, and voting upon bills. Something like this:

    Any Representative or Senator who introduces a bill must read the entire bill, aloud, in the chamber of their legislative body and before the C-SPAN cameras.

    Any Representative or Senator who introduces an amendment must read the entire amendment, aloud, in the chamber of their legislative body and before the C-SPAN cameras.

    Every Representative or Senator must read and understand any bill they vote upon, and must initial each page, and affix their signature to the last page of each bill to affirm such understanding.

    -- Posted by Owen McPhillips on Sun, Dec 5, 2010, at 9:45 PM
  • Owen


    Maybe we should also require any Representative or Senator making a controversial claim for or against a proposed bill to have factual documentation to back up the claim at the time the claim is made.

    This would put an end to grandstanding - maybe something like "Do you swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God".

    It is time for our Representatives to be held accountable for what they say on our behalf.

    -- Posted by Geezer on Mon, Dec 6, 2010, at 7:01 AM
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