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Political information illustrates breadth of support for reform

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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.”

Blue Dog budget reforms: Ensure Congress reads the bills

For the 110th Congress, the House Democratic Blue Dog Coalition has a 12-Point Plan for Budget Reform” that includes the following:
“9. Ensure that Congress reads the bills it’s voting on.”

The full plan follows:

The Blue Dog Coalition’s
12-Point Plan for Budget Reform

1. Require a balanced budget.

2. Don’t let Congress buy on credit.

3. Put a lid on spending.

4. Require agencies to put their fiscal houses in order.

5. Make Congress tell taxpayers how much they’re spending.

Leading New Democrat Coalition member cosponsors H.Res.688

The following representative is among the cosponsors of H.Res.688:

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), PAC Chair

To see other members of the New Democrat Coalition that have cosponsored H.Res. 688, click here for a list of all cosponsors on the Library of Congress Thomas system.

The sponsor of H.Res.688 is Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), also a member of the New Democrat Coalition.

Note: The above does not imply any endorsement by the New Democrat Coalition or other Coalition memb

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Leading Democrats cosponsor H.Res.688

The following representatives are among the cosponsors of H.Res.688:

Members of the House Democratic leadership:

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) — Deputy Whip
Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) — Co-Chair, Democratic Steering and Policy Committee
Rep. John B. Larson (D-CT) — Vice-Chair, Democratic Caucus

Other:
Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) — Chairman, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

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Two leading Blue Dog members cosponsor H.Res.688

The following representatives are among the cosponsors of H.Res.688:

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN)– Co-Chair, Blue Dog Coalition
Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) — Co-Chair, Blue Dog Coalition

To see other members of the Blue Dog Coalition that have cosponsored H.Res. 688, click here for a list of all cosponsors on the Library of Congress Thomas system.

Note: The above does not imply any endorsement by the Blue Dog Coalition or other Coalition members.

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Disappointing House Dem reform packages: Less time than current rules

House Democrats introduced two major lobbying and congressional reform packages on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2006. Each contains identical language on making bills available to members for 24 hours, or three days if a bill contains earmarks. While the bills embody other worthy reforms, ReadtheBill.org believes that the identical text on making bills available is too weak. Most importantly, neither bill requires posting bills online.

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