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Lawmakers should at least have to read the bills they are voting on

Scott Robert Shaw

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We must have a bunch of speed-readers in Congress. How else could one explain the fact that our elected officials in Washington D.C. were able to fully understand the details of some $1.4 trillion in spending, and cast a vote on a new budget bill less than a day later? The budget document is 2371 pages long. It was released to lawmakers Monday afternoon, and the vote was scheduled just 20 hours later. How could they make an informed decision on something so massive in so little time? They couldn’t. They don’t even know what they voted on. Wisconsin Rep. Glenn Grothman says in all his years in politics he has never take a vote on something with so little information. Fellow Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher says, “I hate to break it to you folks, but no one has read these bills.”  And we’re talking more than one trillion dollars of our money! This isn’t some local town board approving a paving project. Our lawmakers should be given the time needed to properly review all bills they are to vote on, but especially one outlining government spending for an entire year. Businesses can’t afford to make decisions that way, and neither can our federal government.

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Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    George Caplan

    December 20, 2019 at 6:21 am

    the way it is everybody gets what they want ,its good or politicians bad for us. they need to change the way the bills are written . No more omnibus bills. no one can possibly read them. no one should actually vote yes on something they have not read.

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