January 26, 2011
Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) introduced a Resolution today along with Jared Polis (CO-02), Cory Gardner (CO-04), and Scott Tipton (CO-03) aimed at limiting all bills to a single subject. Lamborn and Polis introduced similar legislation in the last Congress. The Resolution would ensure that Congress does not pass bills that contain unrelated amendments and items cobbled together. Members of Congress do this many times to avoid hearings on important policy. This practice also has the effect of adding spending costs to bills, thus driving up the budget deficit. The so-called “Single-Subject” rule is already a rule of both Chambers of the Colorado General Assembly.
“This Resolution would ensure that all House bills are transparent. This means lawmakers must put forward bills that address a single issue, not this cobbling together of unrelated items. If something is important enough to warrant legislative action, it deserves to be fully and openly debated and voted on, not shoved into an unrelated bill and pushed through without a separate hearing. The people of Colorado, and the nation as a whole, deserve transparency in what laws are being passed by their elected representatives.” - Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
"One of the most frustrating things I face in representing the people of Colorado in Congress is voting on enormous "Christmas tree" bills with unrelated measures, some of which I support, some of which I oppose. The Colorado legislature gets their work done in a straight forward and transparent way thanks to the "single-subject rule" which requires each bill have a single legislative intent that is clearly described in its title. It's time to apply some Colorado common sense to Washington, DC.” - Congressman Jared Polis (CO-02)
“This Single Subject Resolution will help put an end to false advertising and prevent giant omnibus bills designed to slip through items that may otherwise fail under Congressional debate. During my campaign I made a promise to work to increase transparency in government, and single subject legislation is a step in that direction.” - Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03)
“I am a firm believer in transparency, and our current system is falling short by allowing completely unrelated riders to be included in bills at the last minute. In limiting bills to a single subject, we are ensuring that lawmakers and the public know exactly what is in legislation before it is voted on.” - Cory Gardner (CO-04)Single-subject rules are healthy for democracy, allowing constituents to better hold their elected leaders accountable for votes on individual issues.