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Senate Got Fiscal Cliff Bill 3 Minutes Before Vote

From CNS News:

House Vote on Fiscal Cliff Bill Breaks GOP 3-Day Pledge to Read the Bill

By Matt Cover | January 2, 2013

(CNSNews.com) – When the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a Senate bill to avoid the fiscal cliff around 10:45 PM on Tuesday, it violated its pledge to allow three days for the public to read the legislation, a promise House Republicans made to voters before the 2010 elections.

Whatever happened to that quaint old idea expressed in Article I, Section 7 of the US Constitution, which says that “All revenue bills shall originate in the House of Representatives but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on any other bills”?

The House passed the bill with a vote of 257-167 in evening on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the Senate had drafted and passed the bill close to 2:00 AM Tuesday morning.

In its Pledge to America document, House Republicans promised: “We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

No more hiding legislative language from the minority party, opponents, and the public. Legislation should be understood by all interested parties before it is voted on.”

We have to admit that this seems minor compared to the other way in which we have been violated.

In all, the 154-page “fiscal cliff” bill was available for approximately 22 hours before the House voted on it Tuesday night. If a member of the public was awake when the bill first became available after the Senate vote, approximately 1:39 AM Tuesday, they would have to read an average of one page of dense legislative text every 8.6 minutes to finish reading the bill in the 22 hours between House and Senate passage…

That’s okay. The lobbyists know what they put in it. And that’s all that really matters.

And there is this earlier report, also from CNS News:

Senators Got 154-Page ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bill 3 Minutes Before Voting on It

By Matt Cover | January 2, 2013

(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to approve legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff despite having only 3 minutes to read the 154-page bill and budget score.

For the record, the CBO says that this bill will add at least $4 trillion dollars to the deficit over the next ten years.

Multiple Senate sources have confirmed to CNSNews.com that senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013 – a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM.

The bill is 154-pages and includes several provisions that are unrelated to the fiscal cliff, including repealing a section of ObamaCare, extending the wind-energy tax credit, and a rum tax subsidy deal for Puerto Rican rum makers…

The ‘fiscal cliff’ bill also includes extending tax breaks for Obama’s corporate and Wall Street cronies, such as General Electric and Goldman Sachs. It also extends tax breaks for Hollywood. But, of course, Obama had to reward his propagandists.

And it also extended unemployment benefits for another year, to create more dependency and Democrat voters.

Moreover, it is sure to include all sorts of surprises we will hear about in the weeks ahead. But we had to pass it to find out what is in it.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Senate Got Fiscal Cliff Bill 3 Minutes Before Vote”

  1. mr_bill says:

    This is just the first tax hike. As the debt ceiling debate looms, you can bet your sweet fanny that nerobama and the libs will be looking for more taxes, again. We’ll get screwed again with the promise of future cuts for more immediate taxes and we all know how that turns out, everytime. Neville Boehner will have forgotten that they used the same trick on him 2.4 trillion dollars ago.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Doesn’t it just make sense that if you don’t have time to read the bill, it’s automatically a NO vote?

    However, none of these people had any intention to read it anyway. They just wanted to “do something” which is always the fastest and laziest way to get it all wrong. Why are we paying these people? Is this sham government more of a sham than we ever thought it was?

    Promises, promises, that’s all it really is, a TEMPORARY promise.

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