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Rep. Culberson twitters about lack of time to read bills

By Rafael DeGennaro, June 23, 2008 – 12:01pm

On June 19, 2008 Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) engaged in a twitter dialogue with Sunlight Foundation Executive Director Ellen Miller. Kudos to Ellen for asking Rep. Culberson to cosponsor H.Res. 504. Sponsored by Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), it would require bills and conference reports to be posted online for 72 hours before House floor debate began.

Here is an excerpt (latest tweets at the top):

EllnMllr @johnculberson Support Rep Baird’s H. Res 504. http://tinyurl.com/583dkr There are 13 bipartisan co-sponsors. about 3 hours ago from web in reply to johnculberson

johnculberson @EllnMllr I am also going to ask my Repub colleagues to support 72 hr rule about 2 hours ago from web in reply to EllnMllr

Johnculberson @EllnMllr Right now is a perfect example of how desperately America needs you and others through the Internet to shine sunlight on Congress about 2 hours ago from web in reply to EllnMllr

johnculberson @EllnMllr Please eblast your members your followers and let them know their Congressmen are being asked to approve $185 Bill in War spending about 2 hours ago from web in reply to EllnMllr

johnculberson @EllnMllr in a floor vote before 6pm on a 184 pg $185 b bill that was written at 2:37pm and filed publicly about the same time – outrage! about 2 hours ago from web in reply to EllnMllr

ReadtheBill.org has followed up with Rep. Culberson’s staff about H.Res. 504. No word yet if his office is interested. If you are a constituent, please contact him. H.Res. 504 is the best solution proposed to the problem he highlights.

Washington Post: Give members time to digest bills

By Rafael DeGennaro, August 8, 2007 – 8:29am

After Congress adjourned for the August recess, the Washington Post editorialized that the Democratic House majority was falling into the same habit as the previous Republican majority: not allowing “adequate time for members to digest complex legislation.”

Rocky Mtn News: Allow 72 hours to review tax breaks

By Rafael DeGennaro, December 6, 2006 – 1:42pm

The Rocky Mountain News editorializes in favor of 72 hours to review new tax breaks.

Rocky Mountain News
Denver, Dec. 3, 2006,

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Moreover, [Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron] Wyden has a promising idea to keep any new tax plan from immediately being riddled with loopholes and complications. He wants to adopt the tactics of the “porkbusters,” and subject tax breaks to public scrutiny, much as critics of congressional earmarks want better oversight of spending bills.

Legislation that requires new tax breaks to be published online 72 hours before they’re voted on, for instance, would give the public time to react to them before passage. It should make it tougher to muck up a streamlined tax code.