May 10, 2007
We Get Responses
By James Wilson
This is our Read the Bills Act petition to Congress. Notice what I've put in bold:
Congress needs to start reading the laws it passes. Please introduce's "Read the Bills Act." I know you have the power to introduce this legislation on your own, without waiting for anyone else. I urge you to do so. This is a much-needed, common sense reform. I can see no justification for not introducing it. I'm telling my friends about it, and I look forward to hearing that you've introduced it. You can find the text of the legislation here:
Now here is the response from Rep. Ron Klein to a Downsizer. Something is wrong here, and I've put it in bold:
Thank you for contacting my office regarding legislation that would require Members of Congress to read each bill in its entirety before voting for its passage on the House or Senate floors. I appreciate hearing from you on this matter. Like you, I believe it is of critical importance for Members of Congress to be fully informed when voting on each piece of legislation. While legislation on this matter has not yet been introduced in the 110th Congress, please know that I believe every Member of Congress has a responsibility to their constituents to develop a comprehensive understanding of each bill and its potential implications before voting on its passage. As a Member of Congress, I spend a great deal of time everyday reviewing and deliberating over legislation before casting my final vote. Be assured that I will keep your thoughts firmly in mind should legislation on this matter come before the House floor. Again, I thank you for taking the time to contact my office. I sincerely appreciate your input and hope that you will contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance. I hope you'll find my website ( a useful resource for keeping up with events in Washington or the 22nd District of Florida. Sincerely, Ron Klein Member of Congress
His response tells us he isn't supporting RTBA because nobody's introduced it. But asking him to introduce it was precisely what the petition requests! Let's hope Rep. Klein puts more care into reading and understanding bills than he does reading petitions from constituents!
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