"Boehner said he has signed the discharge petition and he is urging his fellow lawmakers from both parties to do the same."


New Push Wednesday to Post House Bills Online Before Lawmakers Vote on Them

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
By Susan Jones, Senior Editor

(CNSNews.com) – A Democrat has joined a Republican in trying to force action on a bill that would require the House to post the final text of major bills online at least 72 hours before voting on them.

The idea is to give Americans time to read legislation that may affect their lives and wallets.

In June, Reps. John Culberson (R-Texas) and Brian Baird (D-Wash.) introduced a resolution requiring the text of major bills to be posted online for at least 72 hours before they come up for a vote.

On Wednesday, Culberson, Baird and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) filed a discharge petition, a process used to force a bill out of committee. If the petition is signed by at least 218 House members, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be required to schedule the resolution for an up-or-down vote on the House floor.

“It’s just common sense: the American people should be given time to read major bills before they come to a vote in Congress,