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Press Release: More than Two Dozen Join Sali’s Call for Accountability in Congress

July 25th, 2007 by Halli

From the Office of Rep. Bill Sali

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than two dozen congressmen have joined U.S. Rep. Bill Sali’s effort to reform Congress. They have signed on as original cosponsors of Sali’s bill that will make Congress accountable to citizens. Sali introduced the measure today.

“Today, dozens upon dozens of separate issues are crammed into a single bill. Oftentimes really bad ideas become law because to vote against the bad ideas requires voting against the really good ideas that should become law,” said Sali. “Worse, because so many topics are joined together in one bill, it’s hard to tell what your congressman supports and what he doesn’t. It’s almost dishonest the way Congress does business right now. The current system lacks accountability and transparency.”

The measure, which Sali calls “Honesty in Voting” legislation is the first Sali has introduced to reform the way Congress conducts business. The legislation would allow a bill’s multiple topics to be split apart so that Congressmen can vote on one subject at a time.

“Both parties are guilty of combining unrelated items into a single bill. For decades, Democrats and Republicans alike have added things together in such a way that you find yourself having to choose between voting for things that are vital and things that are unacceptable. How can Americans really determine what their representatives are thinking and doing when legislation is a tangled mess of unrelated topics?”

Original co-sponsors on Sali’s bill are: Steve Chabot (OH-01), Scott Garrett (NJ-05), Joseph Pitts (PA-16), Virgil Goode (VA-01), Todd Akin (MO-02), Wally Herger (CA-02), Tom Price (GA-06), John Linder (GA-07), Peter Hoekstra (MI-02), Roscoe Bartlett (MD-06), John Shadegg (AZ-03), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), John Doolittle (CA-04); Rob Bishop (UT-01), Steve Pearce (NM-02), Marsha Blackburn (TN-07), Michael Conaway (TX-11), Ron Paul (TX-14), David Weldon (FL-15), Tom Cole (OK-04), Phil Gingrey (GA-11), Luis Fortuno (PR), Tome Feeney (FL-24), Sue Myrick (NC-09), Thelma Drake (VA-02), Geoff Davis (KY-04) and Mike Pence (IN-06).

This is the first of a series of bills Idaho’s 1st District Congressman plans to introduce to change the way Congress conducts itself and to make it more accountable to all Americans.

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