I try not to get to embroiled in political battles, but in viewing different news outlets today, I cam across this article. Two new rules stated at the bottom of the article came out at me, and left me thinking "why wasnt this done already?"
I believe these two rules will be a step forward. There really isn't a reason they should be coming up now. Stating the authority by which you make a decision should have been a given from the beginning... but better late then never. As for making bills more available, well, anything that give constituents more time to draw conclusions and address their representatives is a good thing.In new House rules passed Wednesday, all bills and joint resolutions submitted for approval will be required to have an accompanying statement explaining their Constitutional authority. Republicans and the members of the Tea Party have argued that Democrats regularly overreached the Constitutional powers granted to the House of Representatives and believe this rule will refocus legislative priorities.
Bills also will be required to be posted online for 72 hours before they can come to a final vote, banning the practice of rewriting legislation shortly before it is to be voted on, so that all Americans have time to go online, read a bill and then lobby their member of Congress.