« | »

Congress To Pass $26B Bill With No Name

From WashingtonWatch.com:

Senate Passes “The ______Act of____”—No Foolin’!

Posted by Jim Harper, August 8, 2010

What a mess the Senate has made of H.R. 1586. It’s a package of spending and revenue measures—but we’ll ignore the substance for now because they have so utterly goofed up the name.

As we noted here before, this is a “shell bill.” It was introduced as one thing (TARP taxes), became another thing (an aviation bill), and is now a batch of spending policies. (Cost: about $125 per family)

The most recent version of the bill was produced when the Senate passed a “substitute amendment.” That’s an amendment that clips out everything in the bill and puts in all new text.

In the House and Senate, they often publish amendments ahead of time, and it looks like someone was in a rush to get the amendment together, because they left blank lines where the new name of the bill should have been.

Take a look for yourself. Down toward the bottom of this page in the Congressional Record, it says, “SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the “_______Act of______”. (The Library of Congress’ Thomas reporting system picked that up as the “XXXXXXAct ofXXXX,” so that’s how it shows up on our site.)

Well, THAT’s the amendment they brought up and passed, so the new name of the bill is the “_______Act of______.”

And that’s the way it might be signed into law.

You see, the Constitution requires both Houses of Congress to pass identical bills before they can be sent to the president and signed into law. The Senate has left town for the rest of August, and the House is coming back next week to put its stamp of approval on the bill.

President Obama wants to sign it quickly—the bill is already up on the Whitehouse.gov “pending legislation” page (though posting it there before the bill passes Congress doesn’t count as Sunlight Before Signing). So the House has to approve this bill, with the name “_______Act of______.”

The only other alternative is for the House to change the name and have the Senate come back for another vote.

Congress seems always to be hustling to get things done—even when it’s spending billions of taxpayer dollars. This time, they were hustling so fast to get the money moving that they couldn’t take the time to give the bill a proper name.

Whose problem is this? Yours! You voted these folks in!

In case you were wondering, this is the bill that the Congressmen have decided to tack their $26 billion dollar public sector union bailout on to.

Indeed, it is the selfsame bill that Ms. Pelosi has summoned back the House members to vote on, interrupting their August vacations, on so that this money can get to their foot soldiers in time for the November elections.

Apparently, they were in such a hurry to ram this through they couldn’t come up with a name to call it. Of course, we can think of a few suggestions.

Anyway, what’s the problem? They will just ‘deem’ it to have a title.

If you are a glutton for this kind of punishment, you can read the 52 page (a pdf file) monstrosity here. Which you can bet is more than our glorious representatives who voted on it bothered to do.

Speaking of whom, it is worth noting that this bill was originally introduced in the House by none other than the (ahem) honorable Charlie Rangel, himself.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Congress To Pass $26B Bill With No Name”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    A Bill With No Name

    With apologies to Dewey Bunnell of “America”

    On the first part of the journey,
    I was agreeing with all the lies.
    There was Pelosi and Graham and Reid and Snowe
    There was Lieberman, Dodd and Brown
    The first thing I met, was Barney Frank with a buzz,
    And the ghost of Teddy, too.
    The bill was hot, the martini dry,
    But the air was full of sound.

    I’ve just voted yes to a bill with no name,
    It felt good to be dishing out pain.
    In the congress you can remember your game,
    ‘Cause there ain’t no one who has respect for McCain.
    La, la, la la la la, la la la, la, la
    La, la, la la la la, la la la, la, la

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    The name never matters. The content doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is which person, agency etc gets absolute control over something. It almost doesn’t even matter what! As long as someone is appointed some power for the sake of having power, the bill was a success.

« Front Page | To Top
« | »