Read the Bill: What’s Been Rushed So Far in 2009?


Every year there are a bunch of bills that wind up getting pushed through Congress with little time for both you and your elected lawmakers to read. So how many are there for 2009? The following is a collection of the bills that haven’t been available long enough — at least 72 hours prior to consideration — for anyone to read them. If you find this to be as ludicrous and objectionable as we do, head over to to find out what you can do about it.

* – Due to limitations on Congressional data, the exact time this bill was made available cannot be determined at this time, but it was considered in less than 72 hours. For more info about a bill’s timeline in the legislative process, click on a bill name above and then follow the link in the middle of the page to “See All Actions”.

** – While the initial bill text in the House and the Senate was publicly available for over 72 hours, the final text, in the form of the conference report, was available for fewer than 72 hours.