Saturday, July 2, 2011

Hodes: Reading Every Bill “Not Realistic”

August 4, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under News & Politics

No time to read the bills.

No time to read the bills

Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes (NH-02) believes reading every bill in Congress “would slow down the business of Congress to a crawl and it would be hard to get done what needs to be done.”

Members of Congress who don’t read the bills they are voting on “is not necessarily the major problem with the way Congress functions,” he said.

Hodes, who is the sole Democratic candidate in the race to replace the retiring New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, made the remarks during a recent editorial board meeting with the Nashua Telegraph.

“Hodes said it’s not realistic to expect members of Congress to read every bill word-for-word, as Congress took more than 2,000 votes in the session that ended in December,” the paper reports.

This year, Hodes voted in support of President Barack Obama’s stimulus package and for so-called cap-and-trade legislation. Both measures were finalized late in the legislative process and rushed to a vote before any individual member could read the bills.

Republicans Sean Mahoney, Ovide Lamontagne and Kelly Ayotte are considering running for the open Senate seat against Hodes.

Voters across the U.S. have grown increasingly frustrated by the practice of Members of Congress not reading legislation before they vote and have begun to vocalize their discontent at town hall events. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter was the recipient of a chorus of boos recently when he justified his reliance on staff to read bills for him:

Comments

42 Responses to “Hodes: Reading Every Bill “Not Realistic””
  1. andy greco says:

    Representative Hodes does not have the time to read the bills but he , evidentally, has time to strum his guitar. I know one thing…when voting time comes around, I will be in the booth and I WILL have time to read the ballot and pull the lever…..not for Hodes for sure.

  2. tim says:

    WE have term limits. Every two years we can bounce the bums out. That is if we have valid elections and an informed electorate. The American Idol voters should have to pass a current events test before voting. Maybe a voter should be able to state three position of the candidate that he/she agrees with before he/she can vote for that person. Unfortunately we are stuck with Shaeen for six years

  3. ajstocks says:

    Why not use the big screens and have every word of every bill flashed in the screens for everyone to see at the same time. That might slow down congress, but also eliminate a lot of junk that gets passed as pork barrel.

    It would cause less to be written if it is known that each word will be exposed to public inspection (and ridicule) before being passed.

  4. ajstocks says:

    Why not use the big screens and have every word of every bill flashed in the screens for everyone to see at the same time. That might slow down congress, but also eliminate a lot of junk that gets passed as pork barrel.

    It would cause less to be written if it is known that each word will be exposed to public inspection (and ridicicule) before being passed.

  5. Ken Benway says:

    It is critically important to send these people back to Congress at the conclusion of this recess more afraid of We The People than they are of Pelosi and Reid.

  6. SgtFC says:

    Congressman Hodes…

    WTF are you doing holding a public office if you don’t have time to read the bills???

    Especially since you have time to twang on your twanger in front of a bunch of pumpkins! Learn to read or get the F out of office, NOW!!!!

    You will never get my vote!

  7. woodNfish says:

    We should take a lesson from the French Revolution and guillotine every one of these b@st@rds.

  8. Kathy says:

    I cannot believe he publicly said he does not read every bill because it will slow down the business of Congress! What a joke! The reps earn $$$$…seems to me we should start of job description for these folks that states that they MUST read all bills before voting on them. They DO receive a paycheck after all!!!What an atrocity that he votes yes for a bill he has never read! How many democrats do this? We need to vote them all out of office and start over……

  9. Medbob says:

    More importantly, every bill should be read aloud in session before the quorum.
    It SHOULD be slow and deliberate. What do they think they are running here: an ER?

    Delegate the naming of post offices and such. The focus is so screwed up, the only fix I see is Term Limits and a clean slate.

  10. 1SGTRET says:

    I agree every bill that is written should be read by every Congressmen and women and every Seantor before they vote on it. They should ask the people who elected them to that position for their opinion on each bill and then vote for the people wishes. This Government is to big now we do not need to make it any bigger.

  11. Denny says:

    They dont seem to understand that at the end of the proverbial rope, is a real one. I hope they come to there senses before they are all swinging from the apple blossems.

  12. Dave says:

    This is too funny–I think we need to have town hall meetings with all our elected officals. Ohh wait Ms. Sheenen is to scared to do one with us she is doing a conference call. What a scared little senator she is.. Time to vote these scums out of office.

  13. Carol Ranes says:

    “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship..”

    Professor Alexander Tyler-1787

  14. Scot says:

    If the number of bills and the size of the bills make reading them all nearly impossible. Perhaps keeping the number and size of the bills to a managable level would be the way to go. These 1000+ page bills are ridiculous! It is all about power, control and money–keeping America in the dark in the process. It is truly sickening and a total departure from what a representative legislature was intedted to be.

  15. Billie says:

    We need to get term limits on all the reps and senators in this country. We also need to take away their lifetime pensions and cadillac health care plan. Why are they allowed to vote themselves raises? We need to take away all of their perks and maybe we could clean up the corruption and get some people who know their job is to listen to the people of this country!!!

    “What if you were an idiot? And what if you were a member of congress? But I repeat myself.” Mark Twain

  16. MikeP says:

    Congressman Hodes, I thank you for your words of wisdom. I fully agree; thats why I will not read my ballot, I will only gaze until I find your opponents name. It will make my voting you out of office that much faster. Again, thank you congressman, you words of wisdom are just what this American needed.

  17. Wake up already,if ya don’t read it then don’t sign it! Wait until you have time to read it!

  18. RW says:

    Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes should be immediately removed from office. Fired.

  19. Sharon Johnson says:

    Then it is time for you to go you lazy bum. I am fed up with these idiots thinking the American people are as stupid are they are

  20. TMann says:

    Not realistic to read the bills? I say — Not realistic for any thinking person from New Hampshire to vote for this jerk. Even though I don’t live there, I’d be happy to contribute to any good conservative who runs against him.

  21. Mixplix says:

    What in hell are you in office for? Just the pay check I guess. Situation normal sorry I disturbed your sleep.

  22. Tina Ferrer says:

    Too much time to read the bills?

    This is tantamount but much worse than a surgeon who doesn’t have the time to review X-rays before surgery. Sound logical?

    Okay, now I know Allen Funt is alive and will be coming through the door any minute.

  23. patti says:

    can’t read the bills? are you kidding me? that’s your freaking job if you can’t do it then resign and let us get someone in there who will…..in any other job in the us if you didn’t do what your paid for you’d be fired why not these fools?

  24. Thomqs Trzanowski says:

    If Congress can demand that corporate executives to sign their financial statements then Congressmen can sign all legislation that they vote on. What else do they have to do?

  25. Trav says:

    And one more thing…

    It’s not a big deal that you don’t read all those bills that deal in changing the names of government buildings and the various irrelevant proclamations for Michael Jackson or whatever…

    Please, just read the big ones, the ones that fundamentally change things in this country.

    Maybe the job is just too big for you, if you can’t figure out what bills should actualy have priority.

  26. Trav says:

    Wow… a congressman’s workload is tough! I wish I could work 4 days a week and be paid $174,000.

    Then on the eve of my 6 week vacation, I could whine that you little people just don’t understand how hard I work!

  27. Tim says:

    This guy is pathetic.

    He’s not in my district but I’m sending money to whoever runs against him.

    Vote the bums out!

  28. Lynn says:

    Congress would make time to read every word if the laws they enact affected them. As a measure of good faith, why don’t they cancel their top notch insurance plans and sign on to the garbage plan they are trying to push on everyone else?

  29. John says:

    These statements by our elected representatives is clearly all the proof needed as to why we need to get the “Read the Bills Act” passed in Congress. See http://www.downsizedc.org for the details.

  30. Navy Veteran says:

    Huh? What if I sign a mortgage without reading it and there is a clause in it that says my interest rates can go up at anytime? Would I have any recourse when this occurs? Nope, I signed the mortgage, I have to live with everything in that agreement.

  31. LANIE says:

    WOW. SHE ADMITS IT. WE SURE ARE SENDING OUR BRIGHTEST TO D.C.

  32. Viet Nam Vet says:

    Wait a minute America. I’m sure that those people in the House who CAN read would have done so with legislation that WE have to live with.

  33. Rick J Krenz says:

    If these people do not read the bazillion bills they want to pass, maybe that’s saying something…too much legislation!! The last time I read it, the US Constitution says NOTHING about doing this FAST!!
    If he doesn’t like it, GOOD, there’s the DOOR!!!

  34. Elected officials who do not read legislation before voting on it are derelict in their oath of office to uphold and protect the Constitution. This guy shouldn’t be allowed to remain in office if he isn’t prepared to serve his constituency completely.

    Sounds to me like he is a sock-puppet for the Democrat Party more than a elected servant of his constituency.

    Boot him!

  35. Beth Chaboude says:

    If Congress would write bills without the crap, they would be short enough to read.

    CONGRESS….LISTEN to what We the People are saying, change what you are doing, how you’re doing it, you’re motives behind it and you’d better change it NOW!!!!!

  36. Darryl says:

    Translation: If we take time to actually do our job, how can we…
    1) Grab more power.
    2) Steal more tax dollars.
    3) Buy more votes.
    4) Take over more private businesses.
    5) Take more individual freedoms.
    6) Grow bigger government.
    7) You get the point…

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