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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. “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.

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Rep. Culberson twitters about lack of time to read bills

By Rafael DeGennaro, June 23, 2008 – 12:01pm

On June 19, 2008 Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) engaged in a twitter dialogue with Sunlight Foundation Executive Director Ellen Miller. Kudos to Ellen for asking Rep. Culberson to cosponsor H.Res. 504. Sponsored by Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), it would require bills and conference reports to be posted online for 72 hours before House floor debate began.

Here is an excerpt (latest tweets at the top):

EllnMllr @johnculberson Support Rep Baird’s H. Res 504. http://tinyurl.com/583dkr There are 13 bipartisan co-sponsors. about 3 hours ago from web in reply to johnculberson

johnculberson @EllnMllr I am also going to ask my Repub colleagues to support 72 hr rule about 2 hours ago from web in reply to EllnMllr

Johnculberson @EllnMllr Right now is a perfect example of how desperately America needs you and others through the Internet to shine sunlight on Congress about 2 hours ago from web in reply to EllnMllr

johnculberson @EllnMllr Please eblast your members your followers and let them know their Congressmen are being asked to approve $185 Bill in War spending about 2 hours ago from web in reply to EllnMllr

johnculberson @EllnMllr in a floor vote before 6pm on a 184 pg $185 b bill that was written at 2:37pm and filed publicly about the same time – outrage! about 2 hours ago from web in reply to EllnMllr

ReadtheBill.org has followed up with Rep. Culberson’s staff about H.Res. 504. No word yet if his office is interested. If you are a constituent, please contact him. H.Res. 504 is the best solution proposed to the problem he highlights.

National Taxpayers Union endorses 72 Online concept (4/18/06)

The non-partisan National Taxpayers Union (NTU) endorsed the 72 Online concept.

NTU endorsed following standard 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 ReadtheBill.org or other endorsers on specific legislation or other matters.

“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. This 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.

H.R. 4967 by Rep. Steve King: 48 hours isn’t enough time

Rep. Steve King introduced H.R. 4967 in March 2006. The bill contains some tough provisions on a variety of subjects. Unfortunately, it would only require bills to be posted online for 48 hours.

Below is a press release from Rep. King’s office:

Representative Steve King
5th Congressional District of Iowa

CONTACT: Summer Johnson
202.225.4426
C 202.577.5138
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2006

King: show us the money in politics
King Introduces Sunlight Act to Shine Light onto Law-making

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Republican Leader candidates answer "72 hours online" question

In mid-January 2006, Hugh Hewitt put the 72 hours online question to the three candidates for House Majority Leader. The question was prompted by blogger Mark Tapscott of the Heritage Foundation. Also, the question was discussed by the candidates on conference calls with bloggers as compiled at the Truth Laid Bear.

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Wall Street Journal: Insist on 3 days to read the bills (1/19/06)

This editorial does not speak to or endorse the 72 Online rule. But it argues that allowing time to read legislation might reduce the size and cost of government.

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