Why does congress pass bills without reading them?

Since they do this, wouldn't if be funny if a bill was passed to them that basically made all of congress resign, which they passed the bill since they didn't read it?

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  • 1M9
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    Well, they pay people to read the bills for them, and these people give them the summaries. It would take somewhat of a conspiracy to get your bill passed, but I like the way you think! :)

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  • 1 decade ago

    There is so many bills passing through congress that your representative would have to stay awake 24/7 to read the entire text of every bill. So they have a team of legislative analysts read the bills and present a summary.

    Lobbyists have their influence (some unethical in my opinion), and yes, if enough people phone or write from their district, that will have an influence on how they vote, especially if the congress person is undecided on the issue.

  • John H
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Here is a link to a website that helps you find your representatives in the Congress.

    http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm

    Once you determine who your representative through the link on the site, you can go to the voting record of this Representative or Senator. From there are links to the bills they have voted on and links to the text of these bills. Try reading some of the legislation for yourself.

    You are right about one thing. Very few of the morons in DC actually read what they are voting on. That's why there is so much nonsense going in the Federal government. And they can get away with it, because almost none of the American voters have the time or patience to read all that garbage they are spitting out and calling law.

  • 1 decade ago

    Congress has specialists read the Bill, but for the most part the reason a congressman or congresswoman will vote for a bill is that they received a lot of nice "gifts" from a lobbyist or a bunch of lobbyists. The job of a lobbyist is to get paid a crap load of money by a special interest group. The lobbyist then goes to members of congress and tries really hard to persuade the members to vote in favor of the lobbyist's group.

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