Washington Post: Give members time to digest bills

By Rafael DeGennaro, August 8, 2007 – 8:29am

After Congress adjourned for the August recess, the Washington Post editorialized that the Democratic House majority was falling into the same habit as the previous Republican majority: not allowing “adequate time for members to digest complex legislation.”

Washington Post
“The Congress So Far: An ugly finish to a rocky start” (editorial)
Sunday, August 5, 2007; Page B06
On the House side, a major disappointment was the failure of Democrats to live up to their pledge to treat the new Republican minority better than Democrats were treated when Republicans held power. Democrats promised a new, more open House, with adequate time for members to digest complex legislation and ample opportunity for the minority to offer amendments on the floor; instead, they, too, often used the same hardball tactics to muscle through legislation that Republicans had employed. That might have been understandable in the Democrats’ “first 100 hours” that the new Congress was in session, but it is unfortunate that it persisted until the recess. That’s no way to do business, and Democrats know it.