It’s been said that the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on a wide variety of budget bills aimed at ending the sequestration austerity currently imposed on the USA. Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress worked together to pass sequestration in the first place, but now, they’re pretending to have always opposed the idea of drastic, across-the-board budget cuts.
It’s been said that all comers, from both parties, will be welcome to submit their budget bills to debate on the floor, saying that each bill will receive attention and a chance at a vote. It’s also being reported that the Progressive Caucus will be offering one such piece of legislation – the Back To Work Budget, crafted by U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva.
Search the Library of Congress database of congressional legislation for the Back To Work Budget, though, and you won’t find it. It appears that what’s actually happening today is that members of the U.S. House of Representatives are being given the opportunity to vote on amendments, which would rip out the content of an unrelated bill and paste in the content of a budget bill, like some kind of legislative virus.
There is a Grijalva amendment that is being voted on right now – roll call #85 for the current session of Congress. Could this be the Back To Work Budget? Yes, it could be, but the Library Of Congress, Clerk of the House of Representatives and Government Printing Office can’t keep up with the floor proceedings, so we, the ordinary citizens of the USA, can’t read the text of what’s being voted on.
If I had a budget bill I could introduce today, it would include a provision to radically expand the budget of the Library of Congress, Government Printing Office, and clerks of the House and Senate, so that our national legislative process could finally enter the 21st century, and we could have a real time understanding of what our representatives are really up to in Washington D.C.