Monday, October 17, 2011

To Force the Senate to Look at Bills They Vote On, Rand Paul is About to Bombard a Senate Committe with Amendment after Amendment

Senator Paul is planning on attacking a bill before the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee markup with amendment, after ammendment, after amendment, reports Dan Holler. Rand's target will be the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Holler explainds (My emphasis):

As Vice President Biden would say, this is “a big [freaking] deal.”

It would be the ninth reauthorization of the 1965 law, which is the largest federal law governing K thru 12 education policy. The previous reauthorization, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), cost taxpayers roughly $131 billion between 2005 and 2010. NCLB also significantly expanded the federal role in education, weakened state control and stifled innovation at the local level.

Enter Senator Paul, who is going to sit through a grueling markup and offer amendment after amendment to a terrible piece of legislation that the committee’s chairman Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) drafted behind closed doors. Senator Harkin and President Obama have incorrectly interpreted the broad, bipartisan dissatisfaction with No Child Left Behind as a mandate to rewrite the law to further empower the federal government, albeit in different ways. The consequences of Senator Harkin’s proposal are sweeping and there is plenty to discuss in the 860-page bill.

In an era of diminished transparency and massive bills, a robust and well-planned amendment process is necessary. Senator Paul is taking on the “pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” mentality that saddled our nation with Obamacare. Subjecting every line of any legislation to discussion and amendment is one of the most important ways conservatives can begin reining in our government’s excesses.
What can I say, other than, "Go Rand Paul!"


  1. I wish we had more politicians in this country like Ron and Rand Paul. We would be so much better off.

  2. Rand has disappointed many hardcore libertarians, but stuff like this will win him more fans. Gumming up the machine of government, and making it more transparently horrible, will open some eyes.

    Good for him!


  3. People should not underestimate Rand. He is a very smart person.

  4. Ron Paul is a visionary and Rand Paul is pragmatic. We need both types of personality, and I'm glad they're on our side.

  5. But where is his bill to impeach Obama?

  6. Gots to make sure the population remains stupid and obedient with the public schools. The tax livestock are giving their owners too much trouble.

  7. @Anon 4:55

    A bill to impeach Obama has to originate in the House. It is tried in the Senate.

  8. black this out OCT 19!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Spread the word!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!