Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rand Paul Blocks Rush Job For No Child Left Behind Reauthorization

The "Patriot of the Senate" strikes again!

By making the Senate stick to their procedures, Senator Rand Paul effectively blocked the committee that was planning to meet and vote on the No Child Left Behind legislation (Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act). The bill had no hearings, no debate and no transparency.

Senator Paul's refusal to unanimous consent regarding the committee's meeting to vote on this legislation stopped it cold.

Senator Paul objected to being given a very limited time to read through the 868-page bill and its amendments. He demanded hearings, which had not been done, in order to obtain testimony and input from teachers and superintendents.

Hopefully, the days of "Pass the bill so you can find out what is in it" are over!

All of these bills and major pieces of legislation are supposed to be debated, and hearings are to be held, before they are voted on. There is supposed to be public input and discussion on legislation which affects every American. It is not only unreasonable, but it is unrealistic, to think that 48 hours is adequate time to address such lengthy bills which have so much importance.

Senator Paul is absolutely correct in his objections.
Thank goodness he understands procedural rules and is trying to make the Senate operate the way it is supposed to.

I'd like to see what's in this 868 page morass of legislation... wouldn't you?