This Act may be cited as the "_______Act of______".This is no accident. Although the 20 page bill once appropriated monies for the Federal Aviation Administration, including for air traffic control improvements, the bill morphed several times and, as passed as Public Law 111-226, HR 1586 became "a batch of spending policies. (Cost: about $125 per family)."
Remember when President Obama promised to "restore fiscal discipline"? Remember when Candidate Obama declared:
Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.The Senate passed the bill on August 5th but final House action on the Senate amendments occurred August 10th--the same day Obama signed HR 1586. The White House posted the not-yet-final legislation on its website August 6th, but even the "sunlight" promised by the President didn't illuminate this mess.
Doubtlessly, a technical correction will be passed. But with the Senate informally recessed until September, both Houses of Congress will have to take up, and the President sign, an amendment to "the ________ Act of ________".
Bet those events will be delayed 'till after November 2nd.
(via Berman Post)