Congresswoman Mia Love is keeping her promise to give the people of Utah a stronger voice in the legislative process. She has introduced a bill that would only allow legislation to contain one subject at a time.
“I continually hear from constituents about their frustration over the multi-rider, large, must pass at the 11th hour bills Washington is so fond of,” Rep. Love said. “Congress is bundling too many things together. My bill would change that. Each bill should stand or fall on its own merits.”
There are numerous examples of bills that have stacked unrelated issues together in a massive bill, which has outraged the American people .
Rep. Love has introduced The One Subject at a Time Act (H.R. 4335). Her bill would:
- ·Require that each bill enacted by Congress be limited to only one subject.
- ·End the practice of attaching controversial legislation to unrelated, must-pass bills.
- ·Require the subject of a bill to be clearly stated in its title.
- ·Make void in appropriations bills, general legislation that does not pertain to the underlying bill.
- ·Make the legislative process more transparent to the public.
Congresswoman Love says this is another way she is working to bring Utah values to Washington. Utah’s Constitution has a similar provision that states: “No bill shall be passed containing more than one subject, which shall be clearly expressed in its title.”
“Members of both parties have made a habit of passing complex, thousand page bills without hearings, amendments or debate,” Rep. Love said. “That process and the collusion that goes with it are why we are $18 trillion in debt and why the American people have lost trust in elected officials.”