- Ted Remington
- Marion, NC
- United States
Lean Pork: A new way to run Congress
Almost everyone agrees that pork barrel legislation is bad for the taxpayer. Here's a way to cut back on it.
Ask your Congressman and Senator to enable these House and Senate rules on legislation:
If any 20 members of Congress or any five Senators assert that a particular line item in a spending bill is inconsistent with the main purpose of the bill, say an appropriation for a violin museum in an agriculture or military spending bill, that line item must be brought to an immediate vote for or against inclusion in the omnibus bill.
The vote to include the line item must pass by a two-thirds majority of the entire body. Otherwise it must be stricken from the bill.
It would not take long for our Congress critters to realize that they can't get away with including pork in unrelated bills. If they want to introduce the line item as specific legislation that's fine, but doing so opens them up to a lot of perhaps unfortunate public scrutiny.
Let's call this the beatback rule. Ask candidates for office whether they will vote to include this in House and Senate procedural rules.