Conyers Named Comrade of the MonthWashington – Should members of Congress read legislation before voting on it, or simply go with a hunch and hope for the best? According to Michigan Congressman John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, it’s pointless to read the healthcare reform bill because it’s just too complex. This cavalier attitude toward his representative duties earned him the Club for Growth's Comrade of the Month award for August.
Commenting on the healthcare debate in the House, Conyers said, “I love these members who get up and say, ‘Read the bill'. What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” His remarks have drawn sharp criticism.
“This isn’t renaming a post office,” said Club President Chris Chocola. “We’re talking about a fundamental transformation of one-sixth of the American economy, including hundreds of mandates and a trillion dollars in new government spending. Every member of Congress who votes on this bill ought to read it thoroughly and understand that it amounts to nothing more than a government takeover of our healthcare sector.”
“There is something very wrong with a democracy in which lawmakers vote on huge bills they have not even read,” added Chocola. “If Chairman Conyers and his colleagues would take the time to carefully review the nature and workability of legislation before they passed it, Americans might have a bit more confidence in the Congress.”
The Club’s Comrade of the Month Award is given to the politician or public figure who best embodies big-government policies and restrictions on economic growth. Previous winners can be viewed here.