“Lets just chew up the time of the United States Senate keeping everybody up all night reading a bill rather than working on it,” said Senator John Kerry on the floor of the Senate while sarcastically deriding the push by Republicans to read the entire Omnibus bill before it’s debated and voted on.
If Kerry is worried that actually reading these bills takes up too much time, then maybe Democrats should have gone through the budgeting process before the election. Normally the Congress passes 13 appropriations during the course of a fiscal year. Democrats didn’t do any, and now want to pass an entire year’s worth of spending in one bill during a rushed lame duck session.
The Republicans aren’t to blame for wanting to bring some transparency and accountability to the process.