Sen. Rand Paul today introduced S.1663, Write the Laws Act, S.1664, One Subject at a Time Act, and S.1665, Read the Bills Act. These pieces of legislation will restore the Constitutional principle of separation of powers, end the practice of including more than one subject in a single bill, and preserve the Constitutional authority of Congress. The American people have a right to be part of the legislative process. They will also allow citizens sufficient time to read and give input to Members of Congress as they consider legislation impacting the lives of all Americans.
"When I ran for office, I promised that if elected, I would increase transparency and accessibility in the U.S. Senate. I am proud today to introduce legislation that would require Congress to operate with more accountability to the American people," Sen. Paul said. "Too often in Congress, legislation is shoved through without hearings, amendments or debate. Elected officials are rarely given an adequate amount of time to read the bills in full, and unlike Rep. Nancy Pelosi, I believe we must read the bills before passing them into law. If we are to answer to the American people, it is imperative we pay close attention to how legislation is written and the subject matter it pertains to. These three bills will do just that."