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August 3, 2015

Can Congressional leaders pass laws without Congress?

MEDIA ALERT: Today, tomorrow, and Thursday Jim Babka guest-hosts a radio talk-show. See details below today’s Action Item…

Did you know Congressional leaders arrange to pass bills during vacations when most members aren’t present? #tlot Retweet

Wait, did you read that right? Yes, the leadership schedules votes when members have hit the road!

Are you fed up? I am. That’s why…

I sent this letter demanding Congress pass DownsizeDC.org’s “Read the Bills Act.”

I DO NOT CONSENT when Congressional “leadership” tries to pass bills during member vacations…

* Last December, Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky had to sprint 500 yards to the Capitol to object to bills being passed while most of Congress was on Christmas vacation. (http://bit.ly/1IbneXA)

* In May, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan stayed near Capitol Hill, during a vacation, because he feared a “voice vote” might renew the Patriot Act with almost nobody present. (http://bit.ly/1FcXnMq)

Americans created a revolution opposing “taxation without representation.”

Do YOU think “legislation without representation” is any better?

I support the Read the Bills Act, which demands that…

* You must read EVERY bill you plan to support

* A quorum be present for a full reading of the bill — the Constitution defines a quorum as 50% plus one of you

* That the bill be posted online for seven days before a vote, so I have time to give you feedback

This would prevent fiascoes like what Reps Massie and Amash had to endure.

Pass Downsize DC’s Read the Bills Act!

If you agree that Congress should read the bills AND be PRESENT for votes on bills, you may copy-and-paste, edit, or write a letter of your own using DownsizeDC.org’s Educate the Powerful System.

But please don’t stop there. After you’ve sent your letter, you’ll get an email with a copy of what you wrote. Forward your letter to the one or two friends (not 10, not more) who will be most interested in this message. Ask them to do as you did and send a letter too.

Thank you for being a DC Downsizer,

Jim Babka

President

DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

WHERE’S JIM BABKA?

Today (Monday), tomorrow (Tuesday) and Thursday (August 3, 4, and 6), LIVE on talk radio, Jim Babka will guest-HOST Gary Nolan’s top-rated, radio show. It airs from 9 AM to Noon Central time.

The show broadcasts in Columbia and Jefferson City, MO. You can listen live at http://theeagle939.com/ — click on Listen Live, top right side of the page.

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