Democrats Kill Transparency Amendment

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by TT1, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. TT1


    Bunning Transparency Amendment Rejected By Finance Committee Democrats

    Washington, DC
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    U.S. Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) today issued the following statement after Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee rejected his Transparency Amendment to the "America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009."

    Senator Bunning’s amendment would have required that the legislative language and a final and complete cost analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) be made publicly available on the Finance Committee’s website for at least 72 hours before the Finance Committee could vote on final passage of the bill.

    "For a bill this big and important I don’t think we should be relying on ‘concepts’ and ‘preliminary cost estimates’ when we vote on the bill in committee," said Bunning. "Contrary to what the Democrats have argued, legislative language is important. The way the language is written will determine how the provisions of the bill will be implemented and how much they will actually cost. We need to have all the facts before we rush to a vote on this legislation. How can we possibly vote on a bill that hasn’t even been written yet? It defies common sense. This bill will affect every American and I think it is our duty to provide full disclosure of all the facts. I don’t see anything wrong with the committee taking a few extra weeks to ensure we get this right and so that all members of Congress and the public are given the opportunity to read the language and know what the true cost is."

    Only one Democrat Sen. Blanche Lincoln, AR voted for Transperency and Honesty!!!
  2. Eight


    That was one of Obama's campaign promises, transparency and time to read bills... are there any he hasn't completely broken yet?
  3. they (and you) are just looking for a reason to whine.

    the proposed amendment is what would be called a delay tactic by those ever clever repubs. right now, the bill is in plain English that even at least half of you right wingnuts could understand and he was talking about translating it into legalese, which would take at least a couple of weeks and no one outside of a lawyer or poli.sci. dweeb would even begin to understand it then so what difference would it make if it was posted for 3 days or 3 weeks?
    if you actually want to read it in a language you might be able to understand, and not what fair and balanced fox picks out of it for what some may call right wing propoganda... 2009/091609 Americas_Healthy_Future_Act.pdf

    the repubs are just trying to delay the inevitable before rush rallies the mindless troops that don't even know that they need health care reform.