On September 24, Nancy Pelosi vowed to post the final version of the HC bill online for 72 hours before it was voted on. She's changed her mind. Why?? I would really love to read it.
The health care bill was put off on being voted oovoted on until tuesday because there are still not enough yes votes
What elese is new? These people as as transparent as mud. They don't want anyone to know whats in the bill
It seems to me that if it were a really good bill, they would want all US citizens to read it. We might like it and support it. This action on Pelosi's part makes it look like they're ashamed of the legislation and don't want anyone to see it.
I do think we need to reform health care, but I would like to see the bill before it becomes law. Obama promised new bills would be posted online for 72 hours before a vote. He should make her do it! Unfortunately, she's running the show - not the POTUS. And believe me - A LOT more people like him than they do her! I think she makes BO look bad.
Why are you posting this in the hubbers hangout and not in the Poltics forum. Some of us really try to avoid that forum and poltics at Hubpages.
Please respect that choice and keep political debate there.
The easy answer to the question is that transparency went the way of politics. This is what professional politicians do. Say all kinds of idealistic words, then do whatever is expedient at the time.
This latest one from Pelosi is sickening...but not at all surprising. How long until she has to go back to the voters in her district?
Ummm...gee, Nelle. The Hubbers' Hangout specifically says you can post anything you like here. So I did.
It would take a lot longer than 72 hours to read it. Oh.... and wait... the 800 ammendments added to it as well. So what would be the point?
No, but if i was a lawmaker I wouldn't vote on it unless I could, or knew I had a clear idea of what was in it
The lawmakers have staff who read the bills, keep track of the proposed amendments, and summarize what's in it. I'm pretty sure many if not most of the members of Congress don't personally read most of the bills, much less the average citizen. However, I do agree that it should be available for citizens to read and comment on, and it is: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3962/show
Currently, an amendment has been proposed to strengthen assurances that no taxpayer money is used for abortions and to make the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of such money, permanent. IF that amendment is enacted, then it is possible that the official language won't be available for a full 72 hours before the vote. However, a manager's amendment will be available, which is the final alteration lawmakers make to a bill before bringing it to the floor.
This happens all the time with large bills; there's nothing sneaky going on, it's just how the process works.
If a citizen really wants to read the bill, it's online right now and has been since October 29.
Their agenda is so important to them that the end justifies the means.
Okay....and here's my joke for the day....you young folk won't get it...but we oldsters will...
what happened to transparencies? They went out with the Ditto Machine...get it? ditto Machine.
Oldsters....do you remember the purple ink still wet and sniffing it.
CNN pointed out that one of Obama's promises was to make a bill visible to the public FIVE days before voting.
This was one of his 15 promises that he has not kept so far.
I don't trust this guy or his administration for the life of me. He is shady or just inexperienced. Maybe both.
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