June 26, 2009

TRANSPARENCY:

The stink surrounding the Pelosi-Waxman-Markey cap-and-tax bill has become vomit-inducing overnight. Representative Waxman has decided to replace the 1091-page bill with a 300-page bill that will be debated for no longer than three hours today. So your elected representatives will have virtually no time to debate the merits of an economy-spanning bill they will not have had time to read. Speaker Pelosi and her sidekick Waxman are displaying nothing more than complete contempt for the democratic process.

If you’re as utterly disgusted by this as I am, you can send a message to Pelosi and her cronies by telling your Congressmen to vote against this bill. You can e-mail them, call them (202-225-3121), or text the National Taxpayers Union on 54608 and they will help.

This is not the “more open government” we were promised.

UPDATE: Email link was bad before; fixed now. Plus, Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation writes:

I think the Corner was a little off on what’s going on with Cap ‘n Trade. We’re not shrinking to a 300 page bill, we’re adding those 300 pages to the 1,201 page bill, ballooning up to a 1,501 page bill.

Here’s an excerpt from Paul Blumenthal’s latest:

1. The original bill, H.R. 2454, approximately 1,000 pages, was reported out of the Energy & Commerce Committee.
2. It was replaced this week by H.R. 2998, 1,201 pages, which will be voted on as an amendment in the form of a substitute.
3. The Rules Committee, last night, released a committee report that includes a 300-page amendment to H.R. 2998. This 300-page amendment, the Waxman amendment (#121), is considered as adopted upon an affirmative vote for H.R. 2998, the amendment in the form of the substitute.

This means that we are looking at 300 extra pages added to the bill overnight. Stay tuned for more and go to ReadTheBill.org to tell your congressman that we need time to read the bills.

I stand corrected. I should’ve known that a net shrinkage of over 900 pages was too good to be true . . . .

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