During his speech at a National Press Club luncheon, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Democratic Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.), questioned the point of lawmakers reading the health care bill.
“I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” said Conyers.
“What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”
Eric Massa (D-NY): "I will vote adamantly against the interests of my district if I actually think what I am doing is going to be helpful."
Rep. Louise Slaughter: "I'm not doing town meetings; I'm not going to give those people a forum. I went through it with the Clinton health care bill, with the John Birch Society, where we had to have police around, and people hysterically crying…"
Answer by mogencreative at 9:30 PM on Sep. 5, 2009
Answer by gammie at 9:32 PM on Sep. 5, 2009
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Answer by May-20 at 9:48 PM on Sep. 5, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 9:48 PM on Sep. 5, 2009
Answer by gammie at 9:51 PM on Sep. 5, 2009
Yes, they should read the bill but as I was told repeatedly by Republicans when I complained that congress didn't read the PA before passing it, they almost never read the full bills. I guess that's only ok if it's legislation one supports.
Anon, the Dems are no more shady than the Reps. It's politics and anyone who gets that far in the game has some questionable ties or activities.
That I can agree with you on Gammie, they ALL need to go and get some new faces & term limits.
Answer by Friday at 9:58 PM on Sep. 5, 2009
Answer by lovinangels at 9:58 PM on Sep. 5, 2009
This has been posted before. It doesn't take 2 days, nor do you need the aide of a lawyer to read the bill. Sounds like an excuse.
Answer by SRiveroC at 10:03 PM on Sep. 5, 2009