U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home > Legislative Process > Senate Legislative Process - Prime example. Here's two quoted paragraphs out of 11 pages. Go find them.When a committee concludes its markup, any committee member may move to order the measure reported to the Senate. A committee has several options for the form in which the a measure is ordered reported. It may be reported with no changes, with amendments to various sections adopted in markup, or with one amendment in the nature of a substitute. In addition, a Senate committee is authorized to report an original bill that embodies a text decided upon in markup.
When a committee reports a measure, it generally prepares an accompanying written report that describes the purposes and provisions of the measure (note the measure itself ie. the bill). If a report is submitted, Senate rules and statutes require the inclusion of such components as records of roll-call votes cast in committee, cost estimates, a statement of regulatory impact, and the specific changes the legislation would make to existing law. Committee members are also entitled to at least three days to prepare supplementary, minority, or additional views for inclusion in the report.
So now you have to do your research and confirm interpretations within 12hrs after release. Thats a whole lot of coffee right there.
In short, this was a poor example of transparency thats going to bite the Dems in the butt. The media is going to have to go into overtime to cover them in the future. I can only hope that the recovery which should have taken roughly 2 years won't be stalled or prolonged by this bill. Although I get the feeling that politicians will milk the "doom and gloom" for a while.