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Once Again, They Didn’t Even Read The Bill

By Greg L | 27 June 2009 | National Politics | 16 Comments

TQ points out this evening that when the House of Representatives passed the “Cap and Tax” bill that if enacted would certainly raise our energy costs through the roof, the actual text of the bill they were voting on wasn’t available to the Congressmen being asked to vote on it.  Yeah, this is our federal government, so caught up in global warming hysteria that they can’t even bother to complete drafting a bill to impoverish us all in order to combat ludicrous problems that don’t even exist before they demand elected officials to endorse them.

Through a series of parliamentary inquiries, the Republicans learned that the 300-plus page managers’ amendment, added to the bill last night in the House Rules Committee, has not even been been integrated with the official copy of the 1,090-page bill at the House Clerk’s desk, let alone in any other location. The two documents are side-by-side at the desk as the clerk reads through the instructions in the 300 page document for altering the 1,090 page document.

But they cannot be simply combined, because the amendment contains 300 pages of items like this: “Page 15, beginning line 8, strike paragraph (11)…” How many members of Congress do you suppose have gone through it all to see how it changes the bill?

Global Warming is apparently so urgent that we can’t even wait until members of Congress know what they’re voting on.

This hysteria, or perhaps the new religion of the secular humanist crowd is all the rage within most of the Democrats representing Virginia in Congress, including our very own Gerry Connolly who once again voted for a bill he certainly couldn’t have actually read.  So what if this raises energy prices through the roof?  AlGore says human-caused global warming true, Pelosi demands that there ought to be a law, and dutifully Democrats rams this ridiculous scheme down our throats without even bothering to demand they understand what this scheme actually is before they vote to approve it.

Our federal government is entirely out of control, and shame on Gerry Connolly and the rest for voting in favor of this bill without having even read the darned thing.

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  1. DPortM said on 28 Jun 2009 at 7:36 am:
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    It’s no surprise to me that the liberals in Congress continue to sell out the American people to special interest groups. I would estimate that 95% of politicians have sold their souls to the special interest groups to maintain the power of elected office.

  2. Anonymous said on 28 Jun 2009 at 8:02 am:
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    Pfft! Like it matters if a full version were available.

    “We don’t really read most of the bills. Do you know what that would entail if we read every bill that we passed?” –Rep. Jim McDermott, Fahrenheit 9/11

  3. Anonymous said on 28 Jun 2009 at 11:25 am:
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    Anonymous said on 28 Jun 2009 at 8:02 am: Flag comment

    Pfft! Like it matters if a full version were available.

    “We don’t really read most of the bills. Do you know what that would entail if we read every bill that we passed?” –Rep. Jim McDermott, Fahrenheit 9/11

    You are right. The reps are told by Pelosi and Hoyer to vote yes or else )lose their committee positions and/or expect NO DNC funding for re-election. A few told them (40 I believe) to shove their bill and 8 RINOs voted for it. We need to clean house and remove both Senate and House incumbents. There are too many turncoats in both parties. You can expect Collins and Snow job from Maine to vote yes to this bill along with McCain and Graham and a number of others. They are only looking out for their self-interests and the the American public or this country.

  4. Pat.Herve said on 28 Jun 2009 at 12:04 pm:
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    This is not a liberal or conservitive - Democrat or Republican issue.

    It is how most of the bills come before Congress - no matter who is in power

  5. Bridget said on 28 Jun 2009 at 12:37 pm:
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    One of those Cap and Tax republican had big incentive for providing yes vote:

    Obama picked Republican Congressman John McHugh (NY) to be the next Secretary of the Army:


  6. anonymous said on 28 Jun 2009 at 4:46 pm:
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    We still have a chance on this one to stop this.
    Cap and Tr8tors Can Change Vote by July 2 Deadline!

    Daily Paul
    Sunday, June 28, 2009

    8 Republicans who voted for Cap and Trade

    The following republicans voted FOR the largest tax bill ever passed by a session of Congress.

    Any good work they have done has been for naught. Unless they change their votes by the deadline, Wed, July 2nd, they will forever be a member of the Cap and Tr8tors.

    HR 2454 RECORDED VOTE 26-Jun-2009 7:17 PM
    BILL TITLE: American Clean Energy and Security Act

    #capandtr8tors is the Twitter tag to use on this topic.
    _______ Don’t procrastinate and pass it on like I have.


    1) Click on their link.
    2) Select the ‘Contact’ tab.
    Contact their local office as they are not in DC and home on vacation.

    Mary Bono Mack R (CA)
    Mike Castle R (DW)
    Mark Steven Eirk R (IL)
    Leonard Lance R (NJ)
    Frank LoBiondo R (NJ)
    John McHugh R (NY)
    Dave Reichert R (WA)
    Chris Smith R (NJ)


    A motion to reconsider is a parliamentary practice that gives the House (or Senate) one opportunity to review its action on a motion, amendment, or measure.

    Motions to reconsider are routinely laid on the table — or killed. If a motion to reconsider is adopted, it requires a vote be held again on whatever the House has voted to reconsider. Only Members who voted on the winning side may move to reconsider a vote. Members have been known to change their votes at the last minute in order to be eligible to offer the motion.

    If the original vote on a question is close, enough members might be persuaded to change their position, or absent members could come to the floor, vote to reconsider, then reverse the outcome of the original vote.

    Typically, however, after announcing the result of a vote, the Speaker states that, “without objection, a motion to reconsider is laid on the table.” This uses up the one opportunity to reconsider, and makes the result of the vote final.


    A motion to lay on the table a bill, resolution, amendment, point of order, appeal or another motion disposes of the question immediately and finally and adversely — it kills it without a direct vote on the substance of the question. A motion to table is not debatable and is adopted by unanimous consent — without objection — or by majority vote. It is a “highly privileged motion” — that is, in the order in which motions are given priority in the House, only a motion to adjourn has higher precedence than a motion to table a measure.


  7. Emma said on 28 Jun 2009 at 5:40 pm:
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    Ineresting to note that over 300 boxes of documents have been delivered to the Senate pending the Sotomayor confirmation. The Senate Judiciary Committee has set July 13 for the hearings to begin. This is becoming business as usual, it seems. I guess her appointment is yet another “crisis.”

  8. Anonymous said on 28 Jun 2009 at 6:04 pm:
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    Anonymous said on 28 Jun 2009 at 8:02 am:
    Please correct my comment …..They are only looking out for their self-interests and the the American public or this country.

    To: They are only looking out for their own self-interests and NOT those of the American public or those of this country.

  9. Anonymous said on 28 Jun 2009 at 9:59 pm:
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    I wish the tv networks would show Animal Farm and 1984. It’s scary these days.

  10. Bridget said on 29 Jun 2009 at 8:11 am:
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    For anonymous on 28 Jun 2009 at 4:46 pm -

    Pretty sure the House is in recess until 1 day after the 5 day redaction period ends, ergo the only hope is the Senate.

  11. Anonymous said on 29 Jun 2009 at 4:31 pm:
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    To Anonymous at 9:59 pm. I wish people would read Animal Farm and 1984. It’s scary these days.

  12. citizenofmanassas said on 29 Jun 2009 at 8:25 pm:
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    The one thing that I simply can’t understand is if obama is so popular, and the Country was so ready for a change, why are the dems resorting to such tactics to get bills passed? They should have no issues with debating the issues and then voting on it, since they are in the majority.

  13. Fran Kendrick said on 30 Jun 2009 at 8:16 am:
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    Citizenofmanassas, why are the dems resorting to such tactics? It could be
    that it’s the nature of snakes to slither out after midnight….or rats to run wild
    or cockroaches to come out in the dark. I get it….they are vermin!!

  14. Bridget said on 30 Jun 2009 at 9:47 am:
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    How about this for Orwellian insanity:

    Sotomayor’s racist Ricci ruling gets overturned by the Supreme Court. So, how does the White House respond? In predictable ‘Truth is the greatest enemy of the State’ fashion - they announce it shows their nominee is not biased:



    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.
    The lie can be maintained only for such a time as the State can shield the people from the
    political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important
    for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie,
    and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    Joseph Goebbels
    Nazi Minister of Propaganda

  15. citizenofmanassas said on 30 Jun 2009 at 8:52 pm:
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    You might be right.

    Of course obama promised to have the most open and transparent Administration in the history of the Country. When the Dems took control of Congress in 2006, blinky said they would dry up the swamp called Congress and run it in an ethical way. So much for those two promises.

  16. anonymous said on 6 Jul 2009 at 3:59 pm:
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    I say no law passes without being read. It should automatically be pushed aside until every one has read it. Would you tell a teacher to grade a paper without correcting the paper. Would you tell a judge to pass sentence on a person without being familar with the case and has read all paperwork associated with the case.
    Why are we not all over congress for doing this. It is wrong.


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