Transparancy! 83% of Americans Believe Congress Should Post Bills Online For”We the People” to Read Before Voting On Them


A note to President Obama and the Congress … THIS IS A MANDATE!

A resounding 83% of Americans say that Congress should post all bills on the Internet so that “WE THE PEOPLE” can read them before they are voted on. Can you say a TRANSPARENCY MANDATE! Try and get 83% of Americans to agree on anything. They have and they want their politicians to inform them of legislation prior to votes.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of U.S. voters say legislation should be posted online in final form and available for everyone to read before Congress votes on it. The only exception would be for extreme emergencies.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds only six percent (6%) of voters disagree with this approach while 10% are not sure.

And none of this 72 hour nonsense. We the People are sick and tired of the political games on both sides of the aisle. The Obama Administration was supposed to be about transparency. Hardly!

Of those who favor posting congressional bills in their final form on the Internet, 64% say they should be available to the public two weeks or more before Congress votes and 29% favor posting bills one week before a vote. Just four percent (4%) think three days before a congressional vote is soon enough, while one percent (1%) say one day is enough.

If Congress resists, those opposing the will of 83% of the people will surely be provided a pink slip and sent packing.

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  • Comments

    12 Responses to “Transparancy! 83% of Americans Believe Congress Should Post Bills Online For”We the People” to Read Before Voting On Them”

    1. Dolf on October 2nd, 2009 11:15 am

      good idea.

      those “not sure ppl” always irritate me.

      how difficult is yes or no?

    2. rightknight on October 2nd, 2009 12:01 pm

      None of these Bills are ‘emergencies’ and therefor should
      be publicly available for months, not just hours. The admission
      of this fact lies in the intent not to implement the thing until
      2013 (year after chance for Obowma to be re elected prior
      to the People feeling the horrible impact of the mistake).

    3. Jayne on October 2nd, 2009 12:55 pm

      We the People will be ignored. O amd his posse think of us as the unwashed little people.

    4. A Texas Grandfather on October 2nd, 2009 1:18 pm

      The people are correct. Post the bills on-line for four weeks prior to a vote. Let the people see what congress is doing. Of course, if congress doesn’t write the bills why should they read them?
      It is time to scare the dickens out of our congress creatures by sending most of them home and electing true represenatives of the people.

    5. dprosenthal on October 2nd, 2009 1:44 pm

      What possible excuse could there be for NOT allowing the American people the opportunity to read a bill before Congress votes on it? We sent these people to Washington to REPRESENT us, not to think for us and make decisions affecting our very lives without at least considering the opinions of the people who elected them.
      All of the campaign contributions (bribes) in the world will not keep them in office if they continue to treat us with such total disrespect.

    6. NewGirlBoston on October 2nd, 2009 5:32 pm

      We the people will CONTINUE to be ignored. #3 Jayne is right, but it has nothing to do with President Obama.

      This is never going to happen.

    7. St Stephen on October 2nd, 2009 5:58 pm


      correct as usual…this reluctance IS bipartisan as neither Democrat nor Republican(not these in office at any rate) want the American voting public to read the bills before they are passed.

    8. Miklo on October 2nd, 2009 6:23 pm

      NEW RULES:

      Bills must be no longer than 25 pages.

      There is nothing that can’t be proposed and outlined within 25 pages.

      Bills should be posted on-line; printed versions should be accessible for review in the public libraries for those who don’t have computers.

    9. Miklo on October 2nd, 2009 6:33 pm

      ALSO –

      IF Obamacare is forcibly passed, then

      We MUST require every member of the House and the Senate to personally participate in the Public Option Healthcare.

      If they refuse to entrust their own healthcare to the Public Option they have demanded this nation to accept, they will be voted out of office.

    10. rightknight on October 2nd, 2009 10:25 pm

      Allowing the ‘gooey hand’ of bureaucracy to slither between
      us and our medical decisions is insane. Those same ‘sticky
      fingers’ are poised to cripple our energy-based economy
      by way of the Cap and Tax bill waiting behind the scenes.
      That monster must be debated and illuminated well before
      our ‘representatives’ get a chance to cram it down our
      reluctant throats. All the King’s Horses and all the King’s
      Men are doing their best to obscure their intent.

    11. janice on October 2nd, 2009 10:34 pm

      Would like to see a Bill posted on line for “we the people” to read and take it one step futher each of our elected officials needs to acknowledge and sign the bill that they have read it and understand the bill.

      Does anyone know how much money the lobbyist and special interest has spent on Health Care Reform. I caught one report stating approximately $193 million so far that was of last week.

    12. NewGirlBoston on October 3rd, 2009 11:22 am

      Subject: HR 615

      On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment, courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn which would require all Members of Congress and their staff members to enroll in any new government-run health plan.

      Congressman John Fleming has proposed an amendment that would require Congressmen and Senators to take the same health care plan that they would force on us. (Under proposed legislation they are exempt.)

      Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go to his Website and sign his petition. The process is very simple. I have done just that at:

      Senator Coburn and Congressman Fleming are both physicians. REGARDLESS of your political beliefs, it sure seems reasonable that Congress should have exactly the same medical coverage that they impose on the rest of us.

      Please urge as many people as you can to do the same!

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