On Tuesday, House Democrats promised not to vote on final passage of the “stimulus” until forty-eight hours after it had been published online. They even held a formal vote on it, with not a single Democrat (nor a single Republican) voting against it.
With a majority in the House, Democrats set the schedule for votes. Yet, even though the legislation was released to Congress only at 11PM Thursday night, posted 32 minutes later on the Speaker’s web-site, the House completed its vote at 2:24 PM the following day (yesterday).
So, that’s 14 hours and 52 minutes from its online publication to the completion of the vote (orÂ 15 hours 24 minutes,Â if it had been published online when my information shows it was released to members of Congress). Â But, I guess if you do math like the Democrats who crafted this fiscal behemoth, there’s not much different between 15 and 48.
House Minority Leader John Boehner said “not one member [of Congress] has read this:”
I wonder how the American people will react when they start learning about the provisions buried in the bill, including language partially overturning the popular and successful Welfare reforms of the Clinton Era and a major overhaul of the health care industry.
Voters will look too kindly on representatives who rushed such a huge and expensive bill. This is not just business as usual in Washington, it’s business as usual on steroids.
Our fellow citizens might just think it fitting this legislation passed on Friday the Thirteenth.
ADDENDUM: Â Tigerhawk weighs in:
Two days ago,Â lefty bloggersÂ were arguing that the Judd kerfuffle somehow amounted to a “declaration of war” by the GOP on the Obama administration. How, though, does that compare to the tactics used by the Democrats to prevent any sort of meaningful debate by Republicans, the press, or even the lightspeed blogosphere on this crucial piece of legislation? Not only did the Obama-Pelosi-Reid axisÂ make a mockeryÂ of their own pledges of transparency, but they never once explained why the palpable need to act quickly — I agree with that — meant that there was no time to post the bill on the web or argue about it for a week or two. Whatever the need for speed, the difference between one day and ten days would be irrelevant to the economy. No, the bill had to be passed quickly precisely because the Democrats were afraid of the argument itself.
Read the whole thing!
UPDATE: Â Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell: Â “This is an extraordinary sum of money. It deserves an extraordinary level of scrutiny.” Â I agree.