Sen. Inhofe: Never Gonna Read It


“I don’t have to read it, or know what’s in it. I’m going to oppose it anyways.” That’s Sen. Jim Inhofe explaining why he doesn’t need to read the health care bill.

There has been a lot of pressure on lawmakers this summer to prove that they have read the health care bill (of which there are numerous versions) and understand its contents. The Sunlight Foundation has been supporting a bipartisan resolution in the House to require all bills be posted online for at least 72 hours for lawmakers and the public to read. Hopefully, there are more considerate lawmakers who would like to take the time to read and understand what they are voting on.

Luckily, and thanks to much public pressure, all announced versions of the health care bill are currently available to read. I’ll post them below just in case Sen. Inhofe changes his mind.

House Energy & Commerce Committee Draft House Education & Labor Committee Draft House Ways & Means Committee Draft Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Draft

If you want your lawmakers to read the bill go to our Read the Bill site and let them know how you feel.

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  • DV

    HA! OK, good point. And perhaps “nay” is a safer lazy stance in general for most bills. But it sure would be nice to break par…

  • DV

    Ah yes, Sen. Inhofe of Oklahoma. Same senator who I believe admitted he felt totally inadequate talking about the subject of Sotomayor’s confirmation since he is not a lawyer so really can’t “get into it” and evaluate like they can. Of course, he also admitted he was one of the first to immediately voice his opposition to the appointment on the day it was announced.

  • Hey, if there are Congresscritters willing to pass it without reading it, opposing it without reading it is par for the course.