Why read the bill?

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Jul 29, 2009 9:50 AM

Representative John Conyers (D-MI) said at the National Press Club, “I love these members that get up and say, 'Read the bill!' What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill.”

 What is the point of passing a bill if it isn’t worth reading? And why is Congress only given two days before passing a bill?

 When it comes to health care, reading the bill becomes crucial considering turning over health care to the government would change 20 percent of the American economy and will cost taxpayers at least a trillion dollars.

Seven Senators out of 100 and 86 Representatives out of 435, all Republicans with no Democrats, have signed the Responsible Health Care Reform Pledge, which promises Americans they will read the health care bill before voting for or against it.

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) has signed the pledge and read the bill. He believes everyone in the House and Senate should read it too. See more here.