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CNN Situation Room features ReadtheBill.org (3/1/06)

CNN’s Situation Room’s Jacki Schechner featured ReadtheBill.org and Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) in a nice short piece. Here’s a link to play it on Baird’s website (media player needed).


"Think Your Lawmakers Don’t Read Bills? Do It Yourself" (Washington Post) (3/1/06)

Washington Post spotlights ReadtheBill.org on the Federal Page.

(Note: ReadtheBill.org’s DeGennaro blogs in agreement with Mann’s comment in the article.)

Roll Call (Capitol Hill): 72 online reform at "top of list" (1/18/06)

The day after ReadtheBill.org was launched publicly, Roll Call newspaper editorialized: “Except in real emergencies, bills should be open for inspection – online as well as on paper – at least 72 hours before they are voted on.”

David Brooks on ABC News: 72 hours online "best reform they could do"

“To me the best reform they could do is have 72 hours between when a bill is printed and when they vote on it so everybody can look at it.”

David Brooks, as guest on ABC NEWS “This Week”
January 8, 2006

David Brooks in NYT: Post all legislation online for 72 hours (1/5/06)

Brooks: “Instead, all legislation should be posted online for 72 hours before the vote, so the staff and bloggers can nitpick and expose.”

Star Tribune (Minneapolis): "Due diligence: A smart proposal for Congress" (12/18/04)

“When the 109th Congress convenes next month, an unassuming Washington state Democrat named Brian Baird will submit a modest proposal: Let’s actually read major pieces of legislation before we vote on them.”

Common Cause endorses 72 Online concept

The non-partisan Common Cause endorsed the 72 Online concept.

Common Cause 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.

“Complicated bills need time to read and digest. The 72-hour rule makes sense. Requiring the bills to be posted on the Internet for public view gives all of us a chance to be involved in our own government and strikes a blow for democracy.”

— Chellie Pingree, President, Common Cause

Common Cause is a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.

Columbian (Vancouver, WA): "It’s Billions, Take Time" (3/23/06)

“It will be interesting to see who will step forward in Congress to oppose Baird’s resolution, and specify why. We cannot fathom what their reasons might be.”

The Chronicle (Centralia, WA): Baird "Has logic … on his side" (3/18/06)

The Chronicle leans conservative. Its editorial from March 18, 2006 says that Baird “has logic and the need for transparency in government on his side in pushing for disclosure of legislation to members of Congress and the public on the Internet at least 72 hours before a vote.”

"Groups join Baird’s effort to post bills online" (Daily News; Longview, WA) (3/16/06)

“ReadtheBill.org founder Rafael DeGennaro said he hoped 1,000 organizations of all kinds will endorse the proposal by July 4.”

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