As I Noted Before…

…apparently reading the stimulus bill before voting on it isn’t necessary.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) predicted on Thursday that none of his Senate colleagues would “have the chance” to read the entire final version of the $790-billion stimulus bill before the bill comes up for a final vote in Congress.

“No, I don’t think anyone will have the chance to [read the entire bill],” Lautenberg told

But its the government and they wouldn’t do anything bad would they?

More here.

“There is plenty to complain about for everyone, and perhaps that’s the sign of a good compromise,” said U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat. “Regardless of party, we all cast our votes with one hand and crossed our fingers with the other.”

Oh well gee, nothing to worry about they had their fingers crossed. Great policy in the making right there.

And more here.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he was unsure how many Democrats would vote with Republicans again on this bill but that he thought Republicans “may get a few” Democrats to side with them. The fact that the Demos have now broken their promise to have the public able to see the bill for 48 hours may drive more Dems into the Republican camp.

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Steve has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and attended graduate school at The George Washington University, leaving school shortly before staring work on his dissertation when his first child was born. He works in the energy industry and prior to that worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Division of Price Index and Number Research. He joined the staff at OTB in November 2004.


  1. tom p says:

    October of ’02 all over again…

  2. just me says:

    There should be a law that requires all congress members to actually read the bills before they are allowed to cast a vote on them. Of course congress isn’t going to write that law,

  3. Drew says:

    As the President has told us, this is REALLY, REALLY important stuff. In fact, if we don’t pass the stimulus bill the economy may never, ever…recover. EVER!! And the world as we know it may cease to exist………But…..

    Actually read the bill??

    Read the bill? Read the bill? We don’t need to read no stinking bill…….

  4. Dave Schuler says:

    There should be a law that requires all congress members to actually read the bills before they are allowed to cast a vote on them.

    Wouldn’t take a law. House rules could take care of it. How they’d enforce that I don’t know.

    However, there is no constitutional requirement for literacy and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the members of Congress can’t read well enough to read the bills they’re voting on.

  5. Joey Buzz says:

    Shine the Light on Federal Contracts, Tax Breaks and Earmarks

    * Create a Public “Contracts and Influence” Database: As president, Obama will create a “contracts and influence” database that will disclose how much federal contractors spend on lobbying, and what contracts they are getting and how well they complete them.
    * Expose Special Interest Tax Breaks to Public Scrutiny: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will ensure that any tax breaks for corporate recipients — or tax earmarks — are also publicly available on the Internet in an easily searchable format.
    * End Abuse of No-Bid Contracts: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will end abuse of no-bid contracts by requiring that nearly all contract orders over $25,000 be competitively awarded.
    * Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.
    * Shine Light on Earmarks and Pork Barrel Spending: Obama’s Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act will shed light on all earmarks by disclosing the name of the legislator who asked for each earmark, along with a written justification, 72 hours before they can be approved by the full Senate.

  6. Rick DeMent says:

    You know it would be a lot easier to take all of you seriously if once during the spending orgy of the Bush years we would have seen republicans jumping up and down demanding that those bills got read. Iraq spending bills were passed and no one new where that money was going. All because “the President has told us, this is REALLY, REALLY important stuff”.

    Money vanished whole cloth into the Iraq sink whole and if any Democrat dared to question it they had to endure charges of lake of patriotism at best, treason and collaboration with the enemy at worse.

    Downturns like this is when you are supposed to spend money. Just because Bush decided to deficit spend when he should have been paying down the debt is not a good reason to oppose what needs to be done now. At least this money is getting spent domestically rather then getting thrown down an Middle East rat hole.

  7. mike says:

    I sleep better at night believing that the reason that Congress is so foolish/inept is because they can’t read. Please don’t shatter this hope by saying that if they read the bills they won’t pass them.

  8. Anderson says:

    They don’t care, Rick. They don’t care if the economy improves or not, provided THEY are okay.

    All they care about is their ideological purity.