Read the bill, stupid

Organizers of a “Read the Bill” petition (http://readthebill.org) were up on Capitol Hill today to hand over more than 21,000 signatures to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader John Boehner, demanding that Congress post bills online for at least 72 hours before voting.

The group supports bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Brian Baird, D-WA, and Rep. John Culberson, R-TX, but House Resolution 554 – which would require a 72-hour posting of the 1,502-page Baucus health care bill before a vote – has stalled in Congress.

“The Finance Committee’s original, plain language bill version did a decent job covering the major parts of the legislation,” said Paul Blumenthal, senior writer at the Sunlight Foundation. “What should be most concerning are the provisions that no one is talking about, the enticements inserted for specific states or specific industries that fly under the radar.”

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