Hidden Clause Would Force Lawmakers to Read Legislation
by Scott Ott
(2004-11-24) -- A secret provision in the proposed 3,600-page omnibus spending bill for 2005 would require members of Congress to actually read the text of legislation before voting.
Buried on page 1,776 of the bill, the hidden clause sparked outrage from both sides of the aisle after it was discovered by an employee of the Congressional printing service.
Don't just read Ott's story, read the story behind it. What the heck was Istook thinking? And more importantly, what else is in that bill?