“Don’t rush. Deliberate,” Jorgensen urges D.C. lawmakers
GREENVILLE, S.C.; June 16, 2020— “Politicians owe it to the people to deliberate carefully over bills that tax them, control them, or drag America into war,” said Dr. Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian candidate for president. “That’s why I applaud three bills that Sen. Rand Paul [R–Ky.] has introduced, aimed at requiring lawmakers to pass laws only after careful deliberation.”
The Read the Bills Act, S.3709, would allow members of Congress one full day for every twenty pages of proposed legislation to read a bill before it could be brought to a vote.
“Not only is it common sense to give representatives enough time to actually read the laws they would impose,” said Jorgensen, “but in an emergency, when they need a bill to pass quickly, Read the Bills would motivate its authors to be concise. Keeping bills short guards against pork-barrel spending and makes their provisions far more visible to voters and the media.”
The One Subject at a Time Act, S.3845, would block omnibus bills, requiring lawmakers to vote up or down on each part of proposed legislation.
“Omnibus bills are a feeding frenzy for politicians who practice the ‘I’ll vote for your pork, if you vote for mine’ gambit.” she said.
The Write the Laws Act, S.3710, would end the unconstitutional delegation of legislative power to executive-branch agencies.
“Democrats and Republicans pass laws that delegate massive regulatory powers to bureaucrats, who in turn make life miserable for the individuals and businesses they burden,” said Jorgensen. “Rules and regulations need to be voted on only by elected lawmakers whom we can hold accountable for their actions.”
Read the Bills, One Subject at a Time, and Write the Laws have been rallying cries of Downsize DC , an advocacy group who authored all three proposals.
“This legislation sponsored by Sen. Paul would demand desperately needed transparency and accountability of politicians who now rush long, expansive bills to a vote without their being read by the politicians who vote on them.
“Any lawmaker who refuses to support Read the Bills, One Subject at a Time, or Write the Laws favors reckless expansion of government control for the benefit of special interests, and to the detriment of ‘we the people.’ ”
Dr. Jo Jorgensen is the 2020 Libertarian Party presidential nominee, and was the party’s 1996 vice-presidential nominee. She is a businesswoman, entrepreneur, and senior lecturer at Clemson University. She holds a MBA and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.