From the Obama website – On transparency:
Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.
That is not going to happen with the stimulus bill.
On Feb 10, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution with these instructions for the stimulus bill [From the Congressional Record]”:
Mr. LEWIS of California moves to instruct the managers on the part of the House that they shall not record their approval of the final conference agreement (as such term is used in clause 12(a)(4) of rule XXII of the Rules of the House of Representatives) unless the text of such agreement has been available to the managers in an electronic, searchable, and downloadable form for at least 48 hours prior to the time described in such clause.
That didn’t happen either.
This is what actually happened:
Not one of our Senators or Representatives who voted for the biggest spending bill in the history of the United States read it, nor did their staff, nor did they know what was actually in the bill when they voted for it.
Happy Valentines Day everyone! Send your Congressman and Senator some love.