Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Martial Arts

From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

The House Republican Leadership has announced its intention… to have the House vote under a procedure known as “martial law.”

Under this procedure, longstanding House rules that require at least one day between the unveiling of significant legislation and the House floor vote on that legislation are swept away. Instead, under “martial law,” the Leadership can file legislation with hundreds of pages of fine print and move immediately to debate and votes on it, before Members of Congress, the media, or the public have an opportunity to understand fully what provisions have been altered or inserted in the legislation behind closed doors.


Ignore the "House Republican Leadership" mention in this article. The particular political party does not matter. What's important for you and I to know? That laws are being rushed through the political process without the invaluable tool of debate.

(link courtesy of the-kos-that-is-daily)


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