I suspect that Speaker of the House John Boehner has done the same for a large number of Senate-passed bills.
That makes those leaders the most powerful politicians in the country, because the media-controlled public doesn’t know what all the bills are or how we might be affected by them.
In both cases, I’m sure the leaders have their reasons for refusing to bring the bills to the floor for a vote. Most reasons, I assume, are because their political parties don’t have enough votes (even with bipartisan support) to pass or kill the bill. And, looming on the horizon, is the possibility that President Obama will veto any action that doesn’t suit his fancy or be of benefit to the Democratic Party.
I feel confident our Founders never intended that the leaders of both chambers should have that kind of authority – to make the decisions themselves on matters that may have serious effect on all Americans. That brings forth the question: Are there any rules or timetables for action by the Senate or House?
We need rules to discontinue this current situation. I suggest 60 days would be an adequate time for members to read a bill; make a decision based on the effect on the district or state and the citizens they represent; and vote yea or nay.
Our congressional system has become way too complicated. It needs to be simplified so it can work efficiently. The power of the two leaders to pigeonhole bills (sometimes forever) should be taken away.
We elect senators and representatives to look after our best interests. I say to them: Do your job, 60 days yea or nay.
North Augusta, S.C.