Phew. I’m really glad that we are in the new political era of transparency.
Oh. Wait. Maybe not so much.
The GOP has attempted to put an amendment into the health care overhaul bill that would require the bill to be available online for 72 hours before there is a vote, and the Senate Finance Committee Democrats said “no.” Nice.
Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee killed an amendment proposed by Sen. Jim Bunning that would have required the committee to have the legislative language of its health care bill evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office before voting on it.
Currently, the only version of Chairman Max Baucus’s proposal we have is a 223-page draft (PDF) that is written in plain English and explains the bill in conceptual terms. Republicans argued that until the bill is written in legislative language it will be impossible for the CBO to provide an accurate cost estimate.
The Bunning ammendment would have required the committee to have the legislative language of the bill, along with the CBO cost estimate, posted on the internet for 72 hours before a vote.
Props to Olympia Snowe (wow, you won’t hear me say that often) for standing up for what is right.
If you say something enough, will that make it true?
Most transparent administration ever. Most transparent administration ever. Most transparent administration ever…………….