October 8th, 2009
03:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Cafferty: Post health care bill online 72 hours before Congress votes?

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In an attempt to make sure health care reform doesn't get rammed through Congress with little debate - a group of Senate Republicans has introduced a resolution requiring all bills be made public for at least 72 hours before a vote.

Not a bad idea. Since many in Congress don't read the bills before voting, maybe somebody should.

Over in the House, a group of more than 180 - mostly Republicans - is circulating a petition also requiring all bills to be posted online for three days. They're demanding the Democratic leadership schedule a vote on this. No vote so far, although Speaker Nancy Pelosi has pledged to post the final health care bill online 72 hours before the last vote.

But it's not just Republicans pushing for more transparency. A group of centrist Senate Democrats sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid this week saying "every step of the process needs to be transparent" - they also asked for three days for the public to look at this stuff on the internet.

There's also an online campaign called Read the Bill along with a group called Read to Vote that's collected more than 80,000 signatures asking lawmakers to promise to read every page of every bill before voting. That'll happen…

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  1. karen

    Why does this seem so simple and yet some dems would oppose posting online. I don't get it. What do they want to hide? And dont they realize that we know who will vote against transparency? Aren't they listening to the American People?? 86% want the bill posted online.

    October 8, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Rob

    The Dems never will. Why would they want people to know the truth? Better to feed their loud-mouthed lap dogs lies and let them try to paint real Americans who want to know the truth as un-American.

    Transparency only counts when it won't hurt them.

    October 8, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Eric in Denver

    The dems oppose it because they know that if the public read the bill people would be horrified but what it contains. I will guarantee that this bill will not be shown to the public prior to the vote. So much for transparency Barry. If there was nothing to hide why would any DEM be opposed????

    October 8, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |