Stimulus Bill Urgency

Radley Balko:

So we were told that the state of the economy is so dire that members of Congress could only have 11 hours to read the stimulus bill before voting on it. Now that it passed, Obama’s going to take a long weekend before signing it into law.

Granted that none of the money would have gone into the system over the holiday weekend (indeed, the vast majority won’t go into the system this year) the optics are a bit odd.

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  1. odograph says:

    As you say, not much would have happened on the weekend.

    To suggest a little more substance, did you tackle High Noon: Geithner v. The American Oligarchs?

  2. Grewgills says:

    This delay will at least give 4 days for public review before signing. One less than promised, but closer than some previous bills.

  3. HankP says:

    As far as I can tell, the longer a bill is in the hands of Congress the worse it gets. Look at the TARP bill for an example.