One Bill One Purpose
It's time for One Bill One Purpose: a movement focused on cleansing legislative detritus from the bill making process.
Earmarks, loopholes, and favors exist as a result of the ease with which unrelated legislation can be inserted into bills. Amending caustic, vile, or controversial legislative detritus is also a tactic to kill bills. If lawmakers continue treating bills as containers for mixing disparate issues, then it will be difficult to affect positive change in our legislative process.
We need a One Bill, One Purpose movement whose goal it is to change the process of bill making. In particular, the allowed procedures during the mark-up session–when the assigned committee(s) make revisions and additions (amendments) to the bill–need to be drastically altered.
One Bill One Purpose would require that amendments not directly and significantly related to a bill's primary purpose, can't be added. It's as simple as that.
One Bill One Purpose can alternately be called 1 Bill 1 Purpose. To support this movement, please use these synonymous hashtags in Twitter: #OneBillOnePurpose or #1Bill1Purpose.
Jeff Sayre commented
You are correct!
Although a Congressperson might have wanted to vote for a worthwhile bill, they are effectively forced to vote against any bill that has controversial legislative detritus amended to it. This fact, that a legislator did not vote for a beneficial bill, can then be used against them (and often is) during campaigns. It is a despicable, disrespectful, and dishonorable practice that has become too common across both sides of the aisle. It's a dangerous game that continues to erode the confidence the American people have in their elected officials.
With One Bill One Purpose, legislators will not be able to hide their true intentions or beliefs, and will not be able to confuse the American public about a rival's voting record. Voting records, and the reason why someone voted in a particular way, will be perfectly clear and transparent as a bill will be about one purpose and one purpose only.
Love it. Make the members of the two crime families stand up and vote straight up if they support or do not support a One Bill One Purpose. It would also make it harder for them to lie and confuse in campaigns.
Jeff Sayre commented
The second sentence of the second paragraph should read:
Amending a bill with caustic, vile, or controversial legislative detritus is also a tactic to kill bills.