Pelosi & Hoyer Say Final Health Care Bill To Be Online For 72 Hours


Last week, Jake wrote that “it is utterly imperative that the final version of the bill be online for the public to view for at least 72 hours.” The House Majority just announced that they will do just that (via #HealthReformNow):

Pelosi and Hoyer say final health reform bill will be online for 72 hours before House vote so Members and Americans can review #hcr

This is a great development and another big win for those who have called for the bill to be available to the public for 72 hours throughout this whole process. The Sunlight Foundation has called for the health care bill to be available to the public for 72 hours at each point that versions have come to the floor. In each of these instances the majority has acquiesced and posted each version, from the House bill to the Senate bill, for at least 72 hours prior to consideration. Those of you who have signed the Read the Bill petition and put the pressure on Congress to be this transparent have been vital in ensuring that we have access to this major bill before lawmakers consider, debate and vote on it.

Earlier this week, Ellen explained the importance of the 72 hour requirement:

Think of posting something on line for 3 days as a ‘safety valve’ – a final chance for citizens, media, lawmakers and lobbyists alike to look at the whole package giving everyone one last opportunity to raise questions and concerns about the bill. If readers are in an advocacy mode they have time to  mobilize others in support or opposition, and/or take action in whatever form they see fit.

There is no measure more important to debate in the open than health care, and this is a moment when we all need to be champions for public, online disclosure and engage with our government. With 72 hours, the buck can actually stop with citizens the way our Founders intended. We know that Congress do it because congressional leadership has already done so at other critical points in this debate.

Of course, we still need to make sure that this promise is kept and that won’t be done until the bill has been online for 72 hours and then brought to the floor. Let’s keep it up.

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  • we in our group want to see/read the bill, we are willing to sit in our favorite restauant here in miami,fla. and each take a portion of it to read, because of it’s volume we also have a t.v. there to see on c-span if it will come to that ( we are hoping). keep everything transpant please, and let us the citizens see for ourselves, once and for all.

  • Sue

    Let’s wait until it happens. Lying is second nature to most politicians, especially Pelosi and this administration. No congrats from me until it see it happen.

    • Sue,

      As I said in the post, “Of course, we still need to make sure that this promise is kept and that won’t be done until the bill has been online for 72 hours and then brought to the floor.”

      Let’s not just wait, put the pressure on them to make sure it happens.

  • Nice, and congradulation on this victory.
    I am personally appreciative of this for my own health. This is a good step in the right direction. And for those things that can be diclosed to our transparancy cast, and crew.

    Now we can get together as a nation to have some imput, and support on how transparency can help both house’s as mentioned. Thank you Jake Brewer.

  • nancy huggins

    I think the public should know what is in the bills before they are passed.

  • Does anyone know if the bill will be posted in the usual online format?

    We have developed a tool that can make a back-of-the-book index of a bill to help people easily find what’s in the bill, and tested it on some of the health care bills. We would like to get this one indexed as soon as it goes up, time permitting.

    (BTW anyone who would like to use or comment on this tool can find it at Thanks,

  • Gayle L. F.-Boden

    At this point in time I believe thatt the best way to gain transparency is to throw the current bunch of “Congressional Prostitutes” out of office.
    We have such power at the voting booth and we don’t use it! So we stupidly get the scum that we keep in office.

  • Well, I wouldn’t call it little. But, it *is* important to keep in mind that we still need to continue to demand this level of transparency for major legislation — in both chambers.

    I hope transparency advocates will join Sunlight in continuing to push for this. We must advocate for a rules change to require this waiting period for all bills. Will you join us?

  • Jake Brewer

    Nice little victory. Let’s hope the Senate follows suit.