World’s greatest deliberative body only got three minutes to read fiscal cliff bill

Posted by: Phineas on January 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm

**Posted by Phineas

The 154-page fiscal cliff bill, that is:

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.

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.

I ask you, is this any way to run a republic?

Oh well, if they could pull this crap for the thousand-or-so pages of  Obamacare, why the heck not for a mere 154 pages? Heck, I’m surprised they even bothered delivering it to the chamber before passing judgment on it.

So much for the pledge to post bills online for 72 hours before voting.

While the failings of Congress are bipartisan, I lay most of the blame for this particular national embarrassment at the feet of Harry Reid and the Democrats. It’s been known for, what, two years that taxes would go up on January 1st? And we all saw the sequester deadline coming up a year ago. The House sent a bill to the Senate last August to at least buy another year to reach a settlement, but Reid, as per usual, refused to allow a vote and forced matters to wait until the last minute when he knew Republicans would be under heavy pressure to accept a bad deal to avert a catastrophe.

In short, and as the Democrats have done for at least the last ten years, Harry Reid deliberately put his party’s fortune ahead of the nation’s well-being.

“Contemptible” doesn’t begin to describe Harry Reid.

via Doug Powers

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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9 Responses to “World’s greatest deliberative body only got three minutes to read fiscal cliff bill”

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  1. ST says:

    ““Contemptible” doesn’t begin to describe Harry Reid.”

    Amen.

  2. Carlos says:

    Why should Reid act in a civil manner, ever? With Republicans willing to bend over and take anything the jackasses hand out, and do so without so much as K-Y jelly, and with Republicans being the epitome of poor communicators, Reid’s job as the Senate leader is assured until he either keels over from old age combined with his brain being beaten to a pulp as a practice dummy in the ring, or until the voters of Nevada have finally decided that two-bit hack has embarrassed them for the last time.

    However, I don’t hold out too much hope for the latter because the unions, especially the SEIU, have a stranglehold on Nevada, what with owning the loyalty of all the hundreds of thousands of criminal aliens nesting there.

  3. Carlos says:

    Besides, who said any more than ten percent of our elected officials in Congress (either house) could read to begin with? One certainly couldn’t tell by the way they act!

  4. It will be interesting to see the backlash that has from now till the 2014 mid-term elections to build and become a consequence for some these charlatans. We cannot sit on our a*ses and wait for the deficit to vanish by itself.

    Pelosi was right about the health care bill. We had to pass it to find out what was in it, which is about like saying you have to take a dump to find out what you ate for dinner last night. But a large part of that blame goes to the lamestream media for not reporting the story, being too preoccupied conducting a witch hunt pawing through thousands of Sarah Palin’s official emails digging for dirt that was not there instead.

  5. Carlos says:

    Not to change the subject, but my beloved Ducks just won the Fiesta Bowl! Go Ducks!!!

  6. Steve Skubinna says:

    Now that they’ve voted for it maybe we can find out what’s in it.

  7. Polly says:

    @Carlos
    Reid’s job as the Senate leader is assured until he either keels over from old age combined with his brain being beaten to a pulp as a practice dummy in the ring, or until the voters of Nevada have finally decided that two-bit hack has embarrassed them for the last time.

    Please don’t blame the good folks of Nevada who are as sick of scumbag Reid as anybody. If you think he got re elected fairly and squarly, mail me all of your money. Then go home and wait. I’m from Nevada and prior to the election there were signs all over Nevada (and Utah) saying “Anyone Butt Reid.” I saw zero that said vote for Reid. I have yet to talk to anyone who likes him.

  8. Carlos says:

    Then, Polly, it’s like we here in Oregon keep electing jackass losers time after time – my guess is that the states of Las Vegas and Reno control everything Nevada, just like the state of Portland controls everything Oregon, and there’s darned little people in real country can do about it because the jackasses also control the criminal alien and cemetery votes.

    Not saying the folks outside Vegas/Reno are bad, but somewhere there’s got to be someone who’s willing to dig into the criminality of Reid and expose it, along with the monkeyworks of the elections officials who not only allow it but encourage and abet it.

  9. tommy mc donnell says:

    what happened to those five days on CSPAN?