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house Bill H.R. 395

Should Each Bill in Congress Only Address One Subject?

Argument in favor

For the sake of transparency, members of Congress need to stop writing and passing bills that address multiple unrelated policy issues. Multi-subject bills may deceptively include policies that lawmakers and the public overlook because of misleading titles.

Michelle's Opinion
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04/12/2017
Yes. As others have mentioned, lawmakers have become adept at sliding in completely unrelated policies into necessary bills. Like the budget for example, lawmakers like to try and add in policies that are meaningless to our budget and that are controversial. They do that to put their fellow lawmakers in a bind: they can either support the budget bill and let that controversial item pass or hold up the budget. That's crap legislature. This practice needs to stop.
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Mindy's Opinion
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04/12/2017
The American people are tired of congress "hiding" items in other bills just to get them passed
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Nichole's Opinion
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04/12/2017
Too often good bills are declined because of riders added to them or even worse passed with awful hidden agendas. Let's focus on each issue individually instead of tacking them on with other things.
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Argument opposed

It’s not practical to expect Congress to only introduce bills that deal with one subject area, they only have a finite amount of time in session and need to address a wide variety of policies. Combining unrelated, unobjectionable bills saves time.

Carl's Opinion
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04/12/2017
Some bills regarding complex issues may have to address more than one thing. What should be eliminated is the ability to attach riders. This is a scam used to pass unpopular measures on the backs of popular ones or to kill popular bills by burdening them with distasteful extras.
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Dave's Opinion
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04/12/2017
If it sound too good too be true, it usually is! There it a lot of gray in this! This is like the line item veto for the president. With any party in power this could be a problem! Like having 51% of the vote! You could run anything through with out bipartisan support. ! The devil is always in the deals. We seem to be changing a lot of procedures to who advantage$$$$? No I would leave it the way it is
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Brent's Opinion
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04/12/2017
If you thought nothing got done before, just wait until this is approved. The snail pace of Congress will turn into a near stand still.
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    Yes. As others have mentioned, lawmakers have become adept at sliding in completely unrelated policies into necessary bills. Like the budget for example, lawmakers like to try and add in policies that are meaningless to our budget and that are controversial. They do that to put their fellow lawmakers in a bind: they can either support the budget bill and let that controversial item pass or hold up the budget. That's crap legislature. This practice needs to stop.
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    Some bills regarding complex issues may have to address more than one thing. What should be eliminated is the ability to attach riders. This is a scam used to pass unpopular measures on the backs of popular ones or to kill popular bills by burdening them with distasteful extras.
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    The American people are tired of congress "hiding" items in other bills just to get them passed
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    Too often good bills are declined because of riders added to them or even worse passed with awful hidden agendas. Let's focus on each issue individually instead of tacking them on with other things.
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    The American people deserve transparency in government. Each bill should only be concerned with a single issue.
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    Tired of the card tricks. One related topic only.
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    Combining bills only serves to obfuscate and subvert.
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    It's duplicitous and deceptive the way lawmakers sneak in amendments and additions to bills in order to ram through their own ideological agendas.
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    Why is it even necessary to ask this? I don't buy that there "isn't enough time" for them to look at and vote on individual bills. The reason that bills get so bogged down is because there are so many other things tacked onto them. Legislation would have to be passed on its own merit and not be dependent upon miscellaneous, non-related issues. Now, there's a concept!
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    Slipping unrelated policy legislation into bills does not seem like a fair or mature way to govern.
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    No more poor policies piggybacking on serious business. No more secondary excuses for why or why not our Representatives Voted the way they did. Much easier to follow the money.
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    We have such a rule in Colorado and it really makes a big difference in accountability and the elimination of ridiculous amendments.
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    Indubitably! It would enhance transparency! I don't like pork projects being tacked on as "amendments." Another thing I don't like in bills is the use of the phrase "and for other purposes"! Those "other purposes" can hide a multitude of "sins." I shouldn't have to guess what those other purposes are. I VOTE YEA! And thank you, Mia Love, for submitting this bill!
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    If it sound too good too be true, it usually is! There it a lot of gray in this! This is like the line item veto for the president. With any party in power this could be a problem! Like having 51% of the vote! You could run anything through with out bipartisan support. ! The devil is always in the deals. We seem to be changing a lot of procedures to who advantage$$$$? No I would leave it the way it is
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    Great idea. Eliminate the fine print. Keeps Congress honest!
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    While this would slow down sweeping reforms it would also slow down reckless authoritarian agendas like we are currently seeing.
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    If you thought nothing got done before, just wait until this is approved. The snail pace of Congress will turn into a near stand still.
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    End the pork. Debate one issue at a time. It would take Congress more time to see to everything on their plate? Well maybe less should be on their plate anyway. Maybe they should only handle what can be covered in one-issue-per-bill legislation. And even that will probably still be too much.
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    Time for some accountability. Do your job
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    Members of both the Democratic 'and' Republican parties have made a habit of passing complex, thousand page bills without hearings, amendments or debate. This process and the collusion that goes with it are why we are $19 trillion in debt and why the American people have lost trust in elected officials.
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