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Why Republicans should support the 72 Online rule

Reagan 1988 SOU
(Photo: Reagan Presidential Library)

President Reagan lifts a “behemoth” conference report in his 1988 State of the Union [1]. “You had three hours – yes, three hours – to consider each, and it took 300 people at my Office of Management and Budget just to read the bill so the government wouldn’t shut down.”

The 72 Online issue should be a Republican cause, in terms of both policy and politics. It is part of the unfinished revolution of 1994 which saw the creation of the Library of Congress Thomas system.

What they say

“Legislators should at least have the courtesy to read their own bills before foisting them onto taxpayers as laws. Congress has relied on its own version of “stealth” tactics to evade basic budget principles and pass some of the most egregious earmarks. The 72 Online rule would provide citizen groups like NTU more time to thoroughly check the fiscal radar and detect these threats will greatly benefit the American taxpayer.”
–Kristina Rasmussen, Sr. Government Affairs Manager, National Taxpayers Union (NTU was established in 1969 to educate taxpayers, the media, and elected officials on a non-partisan basis on the merits of limited government and low taxes.)

NTU has endorsed the following statement:
“We support the 72 Online rule to require generally that legislation and conference reports be posted on the Internet for 72 hours before floor consideration in Congress.”
Note: Endorsers of the 72 Online concept do not necessarily support or oppose any legislation, nor agree with the views of or other endorsers on specific legislation or other matters.

Click here [2] to see a two-page compilation of relevant quotes.

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