Saturday, June 27, 2009
There was no need to hurry with this bill, yet the House leadership posted the so-called final version of a 1,200 page bill less than 20 hours before the vote and then issued 300 pages of substantial amendment to the 1,200 page bill around 3:00 a.m. Before any human could possibly have read the original and understood it and the amendments, and after allowing only five hours of debate, the Democrats managed to pass, narrowly, the cap and trade/energy tax plan.
Particularly on top of the unread by anyone so-called stimulus bill spending bill in February.
I haven't cross referenced the Democrats who voted against the cap and trade/energy tax and also voted against the stimulus bill, but it appears that all but 8 of the Republicans in the House have actually done their job and only 44, at most, of the Democrats have done theirs.
This is not actually a question of partisanship. The central thing a Senator or Representative has to do is know what he or she is voting for. No pigs in a poke. If you haven't read the bill, you can't vote for it.