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How To Find Out What's In Legislation

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This is off topic but too good to pass up.

A few years ago, Nancy Pelosi notably told the country that the best way to find out what was in President Obama's health care bill was to pass it.  I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that this remark became a world-wide joke.

A few days ago, with no known sense of irony, Ms. Pelosi insisted that the country must first know what's in the replacement for President Obama's health care bill in order to pass it.

See the third sentence in her letter to Speaker Ryan.

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Bill, I have zero interest in defending Ms Pelosi's past foolish statement or her approach to governing generally. But I must note that the line you flag in this letter to Mr Ryan sounds a whole lot like what you often said to question efforts to move quickly (or at all) on federal sentencing reform legislation.

I recall you often saying it would be wrong to pass any new sentencing legislation unless and until we knew its cost or "price tag." Isn't Ms Pelosi here saying the exact same thing about the Trumpcare proposal?

Decency evolves: I have two developmntally disabled adult sons who require round the clock care and are likely to be profoundly hurt by the Trumpcare bill, which would redirect $600,000,000,000 from Medicaid to pay for tax cuts for the very wealthy. I resent the haste with which the House is proceeding, hiding the bill from view and then seeking to jam it through committees and the House before the CBO can calculate what it costs will be and how many people will lose coverage on account of it. Senator Cotton, no liberal, has been highly critical of this procedure for that very reason.

"I recall you often saying it would be wrong to pass any new sentencing legislation unless and until we knew its cost or 'price tag.'"

Absolutely correct. And I'm quite sure it's the only rational position. Making a significant change in sentencing law without a very good idea of its outcroppings is, not to put too fine a point on it, nuts. This is true no matter which side you're on.

"Isn't Ms Pelosi here saying the exact same thing about the Trumpcare proposal?"

I sure hope it is. It would a really good sign about her competence.

I'm sorry to hear about your sons.

My post was not about the substance of the proposed law, since it's very complex, I don't know it (I didn't know a whole lot about the last one, either), and don't know the field. It was solely about the Minority Leader's changeable view about when information should be furnished and when it can wait.

From what little I can tell, Sen. Cotton is on to something, as he almost always is.

P.S. I am now going to close the comment thread, simply because this was intended to be a one-off about Ms. Pelosi's hilarious (and seemingly unconscious) about-face. With very rare exceptions -- and I accept responsibility for this one -- I know CJLF likes to keep the discussions focused pretty much on criminal-law related issues.

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