Last minute midnight bills that are not fully vetted or debated proves that Congress is malfeasant when handling the business of “We the People.”
Senators Got 154-Page 'Fiscal Cliff' Bill 3 Minutes Before Voting on It
The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to approve legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff despite having only 3 minutes to read the 154-page bill and budget score. Multiple Senate sources have confirmed to CNSNews.com that senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013 – a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM.
The bill is 154-pages and includes several provisions that are unrelated to the fiscal cliff, including repealing a section of ObamaCare, extending the wind-energy tax credit, and a rum tax subsidy deal for Puerto Rican rum makers. Source: Senators Got 154-Page 'Fiscal Cliff' Bill 3 Minutes Before Voting on It | CNS News
Is it reasonable to believe that any member of Congress could be given technical language and be able to understand what it really means?
(6) MARKET LOSS ASSISTANCE FOR ASPARAGUS PRODUCERS.—Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to section 10404(d) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–246; 122 17 Stat. 2112).
Bottom line …
Congress should be held to account for criminal negligence and malfeasance in the waste of BILLIONS of dollars of the taxpayer’s money when they do not read and understand complex hundred-page (or 2000+ page) bills dropped before them by their leadership and told to vote.