Rand Paul Tears Dem Senators A New One
on bills that they have yet to read. As evidence of what he was
saying, he held up a what looked like an entire ream of paper and
declared, “For goodness sakes, a six hundred page bill and I got it this
morning. Not one member of the Senate will read this bill before we
vote on it.”
Just how sure was Paul that no one would read the bill he waved in
the air? “We’re going to vote on it in the next thirty minutes,” he
declared. He then said that the Senate’s own rules say that bills have
to be posted online for at least 48 hours before being voted on and that
he and others will object to the vote.
“Six hundred pages. No one will read it,” Paul said. For that
matter, even with the Senate rules of 48 hours, who is going to read 600
pages? Senator Paul exclaimed, “No wonder our approval rating is ten
percent. Nobody knows what we are voting on. In fact, things have been
stuck in this bill last night that have nothing to do with these bills
and they’ve been stuck in and we’re just now discovering it.”
He pointed to an example of two Senators in a rush to get something
out and into the bill that effects their states just minutes before.
Paul stated, “Had they not found out about it, nobody would have known
The Kentucky Senator then laid out three bills “in question.” The transportation bill, the student Loan bill,
He points to the student loan bill and says that the federal
government was using the six percent charge on student loans for
Obamacare. Now it’s at three percent. He asks where is the money going
to come from to make up the difference. He called the process a “shell
game” and rightly so.
Senator Paul then said that the government will pay for Obamacare by
taking money out of pensions. He even asked the Senate to ‘raise their
hands’ if they though it was good to underfund pensions more. Paul then
pointed out that more than half of the pensions in the country are
Paul then stated, “I have a bill in Congress that says we should read
the bills before we pass them.” Who can disagree with that?
Furthermore, why has it come to the point that a sitting Senator has to
push a bill that demands that representatives of the people do their job
and read bills before passing them? The bill says that representatives
should wait one day for each twenty pages of the bill.
The Senator once again called on the Senate to at least follow their
own rules of posting bills online and even with that Paul said it would
be a challenge to understand a six hundred page bill. To add to the
reading of bills Paul pointed to the federal register, which has 55,000
pages added to it annually. He noted that not only does one have to
read the bill, but then must reference the federal register as well.
He then took a shot at Democrats and blasted them for not producing
“a budget in three years. That’s against the rules,” Paul said. “When
we presented them with their own budget that we wrote for them, nobody
voted for it,” Paul said.
Senator Paul was definitely frustrated as he asked, “How are we going
to get to compromise if they don’t show up for work? How are we going
to get anything done if they don’t obey their own rules?”
“I’m discouraged by this. I will raise a point of order in the next
hour that says ‘We have broken the rules of the Senate’ and I will ask
them to vote on it.” Paul also said he hoped the Parliamentarian would
rule in his favor.
He mocked the Democrats as he stated that they would ignore the point
of order and the rules and just declare that they are in the majority
and they deem it so.
Well I’m glad to see Senator Paul stand up and point the finger at
the other side and say what they really are and what they are doing. I
applaud that. We need far more representatives in the Senate and in the
House that care what bills are passed and what is in them. We don’t
need everything but the kitchen sink slammed into bills. These things
should be streamlined and made much more efficient to deal with, but
then that wouldn’t work would it? Because every representative would
then have to do without their special slice of pork.
Thank you Senator Paul, because even though you are not representing me in my state, you are representing what I think.
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