10.30.2009

This suggests a problem

Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner are coming back to Wisconsin to "share the House Majority’s massive health care overhaul with their constituents this weekend." Of course, it's a behemoth, checking in at 1990 pages.

But I wonder if we should pass any bill that can't be carried on a plane: "Ryan and Sensenbrenner would leave copies of the 1,990 page bill at each of their districts’ libraries, but the airline on their flights back to Wisconsin this evening only allowed one carry-on item each."

That's right -- each Congressman can only carry one copy of the bill home with him. Granted an overhaul this major needs to be detailed, but the gargantuan size of the current legislation suggests such a great degree of inaccessibility that I worry if anyone will truly comprehend the thing. This is a large, slow-moving target that anyone willing to take a shot should be able to hit. I just hope it will be enough to bring down the beast.

After the jump, the full text of the press release, including details on where and when you can hear both Congressmen.


Sensenbrenner and Ryan To Deliver Speaker Pelosi’s Massive Health Care Overhaul to Wisconsinites This Weekend

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) and Paul Ryan (WI-01) will share the House Majority’s massive health care overhaul with their constituents this weekend.  After weeks of closed doors meetings inside the Capitol, Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled the 1,990 health care overhaul on the steps outside the U.S. Capitol earlier today, with a vote on final passage expected in the week ahead.  While Pelosi’s unveiling was by invite only, Ryan and Sensenbrenner will not be checking IDs at the door.  Their events are open to the public.

Ryan will leave the health care bill at the Franklin Public Library tomorrow at 11 a.m. Sensenbrenner will present the legislation at the Elm Grove Public Library on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., in advance of his 1 p.m. town hall meeting at the Elm Grove Village Hall.

First District Representative Paul Ryan
11 A.M. CT – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2009
Franklin Public Library, Fadrow Room
9151 West Loomis Road
Franklin, WI 53132
Fifth District Representative Jim Sensenbrenner
12:30 P.M. CT – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2009
Elm Grove Public Library
13600 Juneau Blvd.
Elm Grove WI  53122


Ryan and Sensenbrenner would leave copies of the 1,990 page bill at each of their districts’ libraries, but the airline on their flights back to Wisconsin this evening only allowed one carry-on item each.

To read the bill online, please click here.