Bill would make bills single-minded

You've seen it countless times: A member of Congress attaches an unrelated measure to a bill, hoping to pass something with marginal support by tying it to something sure to pass.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants to  put an end to that. Paul introduced the One Subject at a Time Act (S. 3359) June 28, intended to keep legislation on point.

The bill has three provisions:

  • Each bill shall embrace no more than one subject.
  • The subject of a bill shall be clearly and descriptively expressed in the title.
  • An appropriations bill shall not contain any general legislation or change of existing law provision, unless the provision deals with expenditures of money.

If the bill contains more than one subject, and the subjects are not germane to each other, the bill is void.

Paul's bill was sent for further consideration to only one committee: The Committee on Rules and Administration.

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Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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Reader comments

Wed, Jul 11, 2012

while we're at it , why dont we introduce a bill to cut back the BLOATED pay and benifits of congressmen. Of course that may help the economy, and they certainly dont want that!!

Tue, Jul 10, 2012

We need this! Gets around line item veto.

Tue, Jul 10, 2012

Maybe he should tilt at the bait and switch of authorization bills needing an appropriation bill to provide funds for implementation. The government is probably authorized to spend ten times the actual appropriated levels. Unfunded authorizations leave advocates and potential beneficiaries with nothing but a broken promise.

Mon, Jul 9, 2012

I wonder what non-related stuff will be attached to this bill to get it to pass. :-)

Mon, Jul 9, 2012

Paul for President! oops, wrong one... Keep it up Rand!

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