Much of the anger generated by ObamaCare was a result of the Democrats’ cowardly attempts to sneak it past the voters. The legislation was unnecessarily complex and unnecessarily lengthy. Bad ideas were buried in intentionally mysterious language. Key votes were held at night, on weekends and on Christmas Eve.
Unless Congress is dealing with some national security crisis or natural disaster, is there any excuse for voting at odd hours?
No more attempts to pass bad bills while America sleeps! It’s time to rise up and stop this sort of nonsense. Here are some suggested reforms for sunlight and simplicity:
- Limit legislation to 250 pages (or some other reasonable number).
- No late night votes on non-emergent legislation (Vote 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday only).
- No weekend votes on non-emergent legislation.
- No holiday votes on non-emergent legislation.
- No changes in the congressional schedule for non-emergent legislation.
- All congressional activity should be broadcast online on a government website. No closed-door sessions of any kind unless it would be a threat to national security to make a meeting public.
- Every non-emergent bill, in its final form, is to be made public 10 BUSINESS days before any vote can be taken.
The era of stealth legislation needs to come to an abrupt end. In this era of broadband internet access and social media, there are no more excuses for opaque government.