PRESS RELEASE: Monsters from Congress — The scariest things you never read

Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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Report shows Congress never reads omnibus appropriations bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Congress prepares to consider another year-end catch-all spending bill, a new report shows members of Congress never read such bills or know what is in them. Under both Republican and Democratic leadership in recent decades, Congress has passed 1000-page conference reports with only a few hours or even minutes for review.

“These monster spending bills are the scariest things you never read,” said Rafael DeGennaro, a former congressional staff person who directs the organization, which authored the report. “No human reads these thousand-page behemoths before they become the law of the land.”, Rep. Baird Call for Sunshine in Congress (3/15/06)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Rafael DeGennaro ( 202-544-7960, [email protected]
Meghan O’Shaughnessy (Rep. Baird) 202-225-3536, meghan.o’[email protected]
Bernadette Murphy (ALA) 202-628-8410 ext. 8236 [email protected]
Geraldine Henrich (Families USA) 202-628-3030 [email protected] and Rep. Baird Want Sunshine in Congress,
Urge Passage of “72 Online” Rule by Election Day

Washington, DC – and Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) today announced a campaign to persuade Congress to post legislation and conference reports online for 72 hours before floor consideration in Congress. Joined by the American Library Association and the health consumers organization Families USA, they called on Congress to pass a 72 Online rule by Election Day.

Pass Rep. Baird’s 72 Online Resolution by Election Day (2/17/06)

For Immediate Release: February 17, 2006
Contact: Rafael DeGennaro (202) 544-2620 x102 House Should Approve Rep. Baird’s 72 Online Resolution by Election Day

(Washington, D.C.) – called on the U.S. House of Representatives to approve by election day a resolution by Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) to require that all proposed legislation be posted on the Internet for 72 hours before it comes up for floor debate.

“It’s time to stop passing bills in the dead of night that nobody has read,” said Rafael DeGennaro, Founder and President of “We want sunshine at the Capitol by November. Any member of Congress who opposes this 72 online reform is part of the problem in Washington, D.C.”

Taxpayer Group Co-Founder Launches New Good-Government Effort (1/17/06)

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2006

Contact: Rafael DeGennaro (202) 544-2620 x102 Aims to Require All Bills Online 72 Hours Before Congress Floor Debate

(Washington, D.C.) – Rafael DeGennaro, who worked six years as a Congressional staff member and went on to co-found Taxpayers for Common Sense, announced today the launch of, a new organization advocating all federal legislation be posted online 72 hours before coming to the floor of Congress.

Research tip on Rafael DeGennaro’s change of first name in 2001

Research note: In June 2001, DeGennaro changed his first name from “Ralph” to “Rafael”, after his Italian grandfather. To research DeGennaro’s activities before June 2001 (e.g., as President of Taxpayers for Common Sense from 1995-2001), search “ralph degennaro” in Nexis or Google.