Thursday, February 10, 2011

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert Teams Up With Sens. Enzi and Barrasso To Push Single Subject Lawmaking. (In CONGRESS???)

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert (R-CD5) is getting some national attention for introducing a single-sentence resolution into the House, calling for single-subject legislation.  Politico notes that the trio wants to "end the practice of weighing down bills with irrelevant add-ons by confining every bill to a single issue."

Schweikert introduced H.Res. 70 in late January, with no cosponsors and no attention.  (Heck, he did not even send out a news release.)  Perhaps now that the two Senators have introduced their version, the House leadership will take more notice.  He told Politico, "“Every bill voted on in the U.S. Congress should be considered on its own merit in an open and transparent way before the American people.”

Here is the entire text of Schweikert's resolution:

Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to prohibit the consideration of any bill or joint resolution carrying more than one subject.

Resolved, That rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives is amended by adding at the end the following new clause:

`Restrictions on bills and joint resolutions

`11. It shall not be in order to consider any bill or joint resolution carrying more than one subject.'.

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