“I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” said Conyers. “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”I say enough is enough, you people (yes, I said, “you people” and I mean it) wanted to be in Congress and the Senate, well, it’s time for you to know what you’re voting on. It’s time that you start doing your homework instead of having lackeys and lobbyists do it for you…. That’s why I’m proposing that all Representatives and Senators attend a mandatory, Study Hall from 9am to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so they can actually read legislation and brush up on the facts. No cell phones, no staff, no Instant Messaging, no horseplay…just good old fashioned learning. Maybe when they go on their breaks from session, they can go home with reading lists so when they come back, they’ll be ready to hit the ground running…. And no, the Study Hall won’t be run by lobbyists and special interest groups, I was thinking more along the lines of retired grade school teachers that aren’t shy when it comes to using the ruler…or maybe Helen Thomas….
Rep. John Conyers finally admitted what we already knew, that our elected officials on Capital Hill don’t read those pesky pieces of paper that turn into laws and taxes and even wars because it’s just too darn hard: