"Senators and representatives who vote on bills they haven't read and don't understand betray their constituents' trust. It is no excuse to say that Congress would get much less done if every member took the time to read every bill. Fewer and shorter laws more carefully thought through would be a vast improvement over today's massive bills, which are assembled in the dark and enacted in haste. (Rep.) Steny Hoyer chortles at the thought of asking members of Congress to do their job properly. It's up to voters to wipe the grin off his face." -- Jeff Jacoby in a Boston Globe column that mentions DownsizeDC.org's Read the Bills Act
“If every member pledged to not vote for a bill if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes,’’ Hoyer said. Hoyer is the Majority Leader in the US House of Representatives.
Hmmm. Fewer votes on legislation about which the voters (elected representatives and senators) know only what they have been told by people like Hoyer (who probably haven't read the legislation themselves). And Hoyer thinks that's a bad thing.
But if there are fewer votes, how will the nation's business get done? I like the idea of folks doing "business" while knowing almost nothing about the business they are doing. It surely does deal effectively with inconveniences like having to balance the books and obey the law.
Seriously, can anyone think of a downside to asking Stephanie, John and Tim to read the bills on which they vote?