Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert has a stellar idea; lawmakers should do their jobs…but it would appear that many leftists have an issue with this.
You’d think being an elected member of congress would involve a lot of reading, seeing as how the proposed bills often affect the people they serve directly, but you’d be absolutely wrong. The number of things lawmakers don’t read is pretty shocking. They simply vote “yes” or “no,” and then call it an end.
This is a frightening statistic. In 2021, more than 9,800 bills were filed to Congress. Eighty-five percent of these bills were passed into law. Some of them had an extremely large price tag, and it’s safe to say that many elected officials didn’t even read them before voting on them. Also in 2021, Forbes noticed the hesitance of politicians to even talk about having to read the bill, noting that if politicians aren’t reading bills then we don’t really have a representative republic.
It’s a problem that even New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sees as an issue and spoke out about it after House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA) refused to hand out paper copies of the 5,593-page bill to pass the $1.4 trillion COVID relief bill.
“Congress should take time to review this package before they vote on it. The bill is not yet read by Congress members. It’s over 5000 pages, arrived at 2pm today, and we are told to expect a vote on it in 2 hours,” she complained.
It was one of the few times she and Ted Cruz agreed on anything…before she accused him of attempting to murder her.
Boerbert took to social media to upload a public proposal, including restoring certain rules that would make it “the people’s house” instead of “Pelosi’s house” where she will no longer be able to function as a “super legislator.” She also suggested reinstating the “Holman Rule” which would allow legislation to reduce the salary of or fire specific federal employees.
Boerbert suggested something more commonsense. Introducing bills in the dead of night and then demanding they be voted on that day needs to come to an end, and she proposed a minimum of five days between the bill’s introduction to the vote on it. It should be voted on by at least two thirds if it is an urgent bill that must be passed quickly. Additionally, she suggested that earmarks not be allowed to continue.
It’s time to change the way things are done in The Swamp. I’m proud to join my fellow warriors in the House Freedom Caucus to call for commonsense changes in how Congress functions. pic.twitter.com/0EkEp9WyEX
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) July 28, 2022
No matter your feelings on Boebert, this shouldn’t actually be a problem. In reality, the majority of people agree that it is important to bring elected officials under control.
However, since it came out of Boebert’s mouth, the left is rejecting it out of hand. Boebert was unable to accept the request.
Boebert began to be criticized by Leftists. Uproxx said she was “triggered,” and Politicususa mocked her by saying “reading is hard.” One Twitter user suggestedBoebert must stop Twitter trolling and fund-raising so she can read bills. Another suggested that instead of passing these rules, they should pass laws that require people with a bachelor’s degree at minimum to be qualified to run for office, mocking Boebert’s GED.
You can find many more but this is the main idea. It is not right to hurl vitriol at her, particularly considering that she suggests literally forcing officials working for us to perform their duties.
Boebert responded on Twitter to the hatred.
“Democrats being outraged that I’m pushing to force a five-day period for legislators to actually read legislation before they pass it tells you everything you need to know about how they think government should work,” she tweeted. “Know what’s in the bill BEFORE passing it. Simple.”
Democrats being outraged that I’m pushing to force a five-day period for legislators to actually read legislation before they pass it tells you everything you need to know about how they think government should work.
Know what’s in the bill BEFORE passing it. Pretty simple.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) July 29, 2022
She’s not wrong, and one can’t help but think that if congress actually did read the bills they passed then our nation would be a lot healthier than it is.