Mystery List

H.R. 4939 — Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for FY2007

MYSTERY BILL OF THE WEEK (for the second week). As of Tuesday morning, June 2, 2006, the conferees have not met so there is no conference report to file or make available online. But conferees are scheduled to meet Tuesday evening, June 2 and GOP leaders plan for Congress to pass this bill this week, according to CongressDailyAM for June 6, 2006. It is not possible for the conference report to be available online for 72 hours by the end of the week, so Congress should oppose passage of this mystery bill.

H.R. 5522 — Foreign Operations Appropriations for FY2007

MYSTERY BILL. The bill and report became available online on Mon., June 5 after 9:10 pm. Therefore, it is a mystery bill if it is considered before Thur., June 8 at 9:10 pm.

U.S. Capitol infested with mystery bills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Rafael DeGennaro ( 202-544-2620 x102, [email protected]

Who you gonna call? launches “Mystery Busters”

Washington, DC – today announced the launch of the Mystery Busters initiative and urged the U.S. House of Representatives to reject four bills scheduled for floor action this week, saying there was inadequate time to read the four “mystery bills”.

The group named the supplemental appropriations conference report the “Mystery Bill of the Week.”

Stop mystery bills — What this is about

Make them stop. Make Congress stop passing huge “mystery bills” that nobody has read properly. America can’t afford it.

Congress should vote against passage of ALL mystery bills.

“Mystery Bill of the Week”: H.R. 4939, the conference report Supplemental Appropriations Bill for FY2007.

House floor this week (which ones are mystery bills?)

FAQ — “Mystery bills”

Exact criteria — “Mystery bills”

Mystery bills press release of May 24, 2006

FAQ — mystery bills

What is a mystery bill?
A mystery bill is a bill scheduled for congressional floor action that has not been posted on the Internet for 72 hours before it would be brought up for consideration. Read the exact criteria here.

Do weekends count for the 72 hours?
No. Read the exact criteria here.

So, wants members of Congress to vote against passage of mystery bills?
Exactly. urges members of Congress to vote NO if a bill is a mystery bill according to’s criteria. We understand that members may vote for some mystery bills sometimes, especially when Mystery Busters is new. But we expect that members will vote against the most egregrious and important mystery bills.

H.R. 5441 — Homeland Security Appropriations for FY2007

MYSTERY BILL. This was a mystery bill when its consideration began May 25. The House did not finish that week and it is scheduled for passage the week of June 6-9. still considers this a mystery bill because its consideration began before it had been available online for 72 hours.

Mystery bills — exact criteria

A bill is a “mystery bill” unless it meets the following criteria:

The legislation/conference report and all accompanying reports are posted on the Internet for 72 hours, not including weekends or federal holidays (except when Congress is in session on those days). This means the 72 hour clock stops at 11:59 pm on Friday night and starts again at 12:01 am on Monday. Example: A bill that becomes available on the Internet at noon on Friday would have been available for 72 hours at noon the following Wednesday.

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