Senator Rand Paul (shown, R-Ky.) has offered three bills designed to fundamentally change the way Congress considers legislation.

The bills — S.1663, Write the Laws Act; S.1664, One Subject at a Time Act; and S.1665, Read the Bills Act — would shine the light of transparency into a process that has become increasingly shady.

Beyond blowing the doors off the back room where votes are bought and sold, the third of Paul’s proposals — much to the chagrin of Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — would require representatives to read the bills they sign.
“When I ran for office, I promised that if elected, I would increase transparency and accessibility in the U.S. Senate,” Paul said in a press release. “I am proud today to introduce legislation that would require Congress to operate with more accountability to the American people.”

“Too often in Congress, legislation is shoved through without hearings, amendments or debate,” he continued. “Elected officials are rarely given an adequate amount of time to read the bills in full, and unlike Rep. Nancy Pelosi, I believe we must read the bills before passing them into law.”

In support of his effort to change the congressional culture of passing laws without reading them (the greater sin, of course, being passing a bill without caring whether the provisions of the measure are at all consistent with constitutional enumerated powers), Paul pointed to the “direct” impact felt by Americans from his colleagues’ departure “from the salutary practice of full, verbatim readings of each bill before final passage.”

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