H.Res.688 — Cosponsor drive

Urge your Representative to cosponsor H.Res.688

Is your member a cosponsor?

The top legislative priority for ReadtheBill.org is to get more cosponsors for H.Res. 688. Authored by Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), it was introduced Feb. 16, 2006 and has attracted a bipartisan group of more than 25 cosponsors.

H.Res.688 would establish the 72 Online rule. This resolution would require posting legislation and conference reports on the Internet for 72 hours before floor consideration.

H.Res.688 would amend the standing rules of the House to update and strengthen the existing three-day rule in the House and close various loopholes. It would replace the obsolete, unenforceable, routinely-waived three-day rule it with the modern, tough, endorceable 72 Online rule. Unlike the three-day rule, the 72 Online rule would apply even in the final week of a congressional session, when the worst abuses occur.

Summary of Provisions (HTML)MS Word version
Full text of the resolution and other info (on the Library of Congress Thomas system)
Standing Rules of the House of Representatives (What H.Res.688 amends — see rules 13 & 22 only)

Official list of cosponsors (on the Library of Congress Thomas system)
Opponents of passage of H.Res.688

Arguments for H.Res.688
Arguments against H.Res.688 (and ReadtheBill’s counterarguments)

Tell your Representative to cosponsor
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