Legislation that makes sense

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011

This Congress has the power to determine the course of our republic. Will it super size or downsize the federal government? Here are three common sensible bills about to be introduced by a few brave statesmen:

1. The Read the Bills Act of 2011 (RTBA). Each Congressperson casting a yes vote must sign an affidavit swearing that he has read or heard the entire bill. The act requires that each bill is read in its entirety in front of a quorum of each house. This will force Congress to slow down, debate, and deliberate. It will encourage shorter, focused legislation. After the reading, the bill must be posted on line for seven days before a final vote is allowed.

2. The One Subject at a Time Act of 2011 (OSTA). Each bill will be limited to only one subject, and must have a clear descriptive title. Forty-two states already constitutionally require this. Why not Congress?

3. The Write the Laws Act of 2011 (WTLA). Regulations written by unelected bureaucrats grow exponentially. The antidote is to require Congress to do its job of legislating, by voting on all regulations before they can become law. All allegations of wrong-doing must by tried in the courts, not by bureaucrats, and only judges, not bureaucrats, could impose punishments.

If you think these bills make sense, please check out www.DownsizeDC.org to find out how to make it happen. Downsize DCers want to downsize and decentralize the government by restoring constitutional limits and the Bill of Rights. It takes an army of citizens, and it is a non-partisan fight.

Vicki Pate, Nikiski

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