If your congressman says that he is serious about stopping runaway spending and last minute changes to congressional bills that no one even has a chance to read before they vote, you need get them to support H. Res 216. So far the four who have cosponsored are:
(The sponsor is Ron Paul of Texas.) The entire resolution reads as follows:
`Time to Read Legislation Before Voting
- `1. Notwithstanding any provision of these rules, no bill, joint resolution, conference report, or amendment between the Houses shall be voted on by the House unless the text of that measure has been available to all Members and their staffs in both printed and electronic format for at least 10 days and any manager's amendment or other amendment which makes substantive changes to the legislation has been made available in both printed and electronic versions for at least 72 hours before the scheduled vote on such legislation.
- `2. Clause 1 shall not apply to--
- `(1) the intelligence authorization bill, appropriations, or other legislation containing classified information, or conference report thereon, if Members have at least 7 days to study the contents of such measure; and
- `(2) congressional declarations of war or authorization of military force to respond to attacks on the United States.
- `3. Notwithstanding any provision of these rules, any citizen who is eligible to vote and who is not an employee of the executive or judicial branch of the Government may petition the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate allegations that a Member voted for any measure that violated this rule.'.
- (b) Clause 6(c) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives is amended by inserting before the period at the end thereof the following: `, or a rule or order that would waive the provisions of rule XXIX'.