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WHEREAS,   the Administration’s soon-to-be-introduced Immigration Bill  is another in a long list of examples of Congress and the Executive Branch ignoring Citizen input in the development of legislation, 

WHEREAS,  Americans were bamboozled  in 2010 when the 2,572-page Obama health law was rushed through Congress largely unread, and the surprises buried in that law are now causing havoc, for example: as a result of the low payouts to Medicaid doctors and hospitals, Medicaid  care is far inferior to that provided under private plans.  According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, surgery patients on Medicaid are 50% more likely to die in the hospital than surgery patients using private insurance (  American Spectator, “Giant Bills Make Bad Laws”, Betsy McCaughey, 4/10/13),

WHEREAS,  the elderly, covered under Medicare will also be impacted as Medicare Budgets are halved to pay for Obamacare,

WHEREAS,  in general, the Constitution was designed to have due public deliberation preceding Legislative enactments so Citizens could exert attention and oversight  to Congressional dealings,

WHEREAS,  for Bills that only see daylight very shortly before critical Congressional votes, it is impossible for Citizens to  read the Bill, discuss it with friends and colleagues and then present their views to their elected representatives,

THEREFORE, for the above cited reasons and many more, the undersigned, representing Citizens from across the Nation,  strongly Petition our respective  Representatives to (A) assure public deliberation on all prospective Bills, and (B) prioritize and reduce the number, size and scope of legislation introduced in each session to:

  1. NUMBER OF BILLS:  less than or equal to 10% of the average number of Bills enacted per session during the decade beginning in year 2000 through that of year 2009 .
  2. LENGTH OF ANY BILL (except the Budget and Defense Bills): less than a total of 2500 words, including all appendages or other details that are required to implement the law.
  3. SCOPE: Each Bill shall be constrained in scope to a single subject in this manner:  by requiring that each bill's single subject be descriptively expressed in the title thereto;  by requiring each appropriation bill, including any supplemental appropriation bill, by amendment or otherwise, not to contain any general legislation or change of existing law not germane to the subject matter of said bill; and by declaring that any bill enacted in violation of this Act shall not be enforceable except as specifically provided in the paragraph directly  below.
Up to 3% of each Session’s total approved Legislation  can be waived from item ii.  above, but each such Legislative entity must be approved by a 2/3 super-majority of both Houses of Congress in order to have the force of law.

Signed,

Mark Sussman

This petition closed over 1 year ago

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The Constitution was designed to have due public deliberation preceding Legislative enactments so Citizens could exert attention and oversight  to Congressional dealings. But for highly voluminous...


The Constitution was designed to have due public deliberation preceding Legislative enactments so Citizens could exert attention and oversight  to Congressional dealings. But for highly voluminous Bills or  Bills that only see daylight very shortly before critical Congressional votes, it is impossible for Citizens to  read the Bill, discuss it with friends and colleagues and then present their views to their elected representatives. Congress must work to require (1) a much smaller number of Bills and Regulations created per Congressional Session, and (2) an effective and tight limit on the number of pages or words per Bill or Regulation.  Details are espoused in the Petition.

LINKS TO HELP PHONING OR EMAILING YOUR CONGRESS PEOPLE:

PHONEwww.heritageaction.com/congress

      EMAILwww.heritageaction.com/category/action

By the way, the due date for this Petition is September 26, 2013.  On this day in 1789, almost 2 1/4 Centuries ago, George Washington named Thomas Jefferson as our first Secretary of State.  What a team!  We need more contemporary Leaders of that quality.

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