I don't know....but as the lawmakers of our nation, they should take the time to read the stuff before voting on it. I don't care how much it's been debated on the floor or how much they think
they know about it...they should read everything before they vote...perhaps it would take too much time away from their socializing and trips back and forth among their various homes to do that.
On a smaller scale, this is comparable...every five years, our school system went through an accreditation process. Each school had to meet the criteria for re-accreditation and go through the process of self-evaluation. Early in the renewal year, the faculty and administration would get together and form committees to make sure each criteria was met long BEFORE the arrival of the evaluation team, which was made up of many outstanding educators, administrators, and state and local school board members.
To make a long story short, the committee chairs had to read, read, read, and re-read the data their committees were presenting...making sure each criteria was addressed, how it was addressed, and evidence of the fact. I was the chairperson of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee...we spent many evenings at school, going over and over every little thing. Care and attention went into the process because it was important...to the community, to the school system, and to the school itself.
How come the Congress can't give the same attention to such an important piece of legislation as the Patriot Act? No, I'm sure each and every bill that goes through doesn't need the fine-tooth combing the Patriot Act should've had..but not to read it before voting on it?
It's almost criminal.