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Democrats appear to have flip-flopped on legislation some of their members backed just a few short years ago because a Republican lawmaker is now proposing it.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) is pushing a bill that would provide lawmakers five days to read legislation before being asked to vote on it, something she says is needed because many bills are extremely long and complicated, often containing provisions that are essentially hidden in the details.
“It’s time to change the way things are done in The Swamp. I’m proud to join my fellow warriors in the House Freedom Caucus to call for commonsense changes in how Congress functions,” she said in a tweet containing a video of her explaining the legislation as well as the House Freedom Caucus’ attempts to pare back government and reform the Legislative Branch.
It’s time to change the way things are done in The Swamp. I’m proud to join my fellow warriors in the House Freedom Caucus to call for commonsense changes in how Congress functions. pic.twitter.com/0EkEp9WyEX
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) July 28, 2022
Several liberal outlets including Uproxx and PoliticusUSA trashed Boebert over her proposal, as did several left-leaning users on social media, claiming she was “triggered” and that “reading is hard.”
“I have a better idea. We should elect representatives who can keep up with their legislating work instead of getting distracted with media, fundraising and Twitter trolling,” one user wrote.
I have a better idea. We should elect representatives who can keep up with their legislating work instead of getting distracted with media, fundraising and Twitter trolling.
— Radical Liberal 🇺🇸 🌻 (@pavancharvaka) July 28, 2022
The Blaze’s Elijah Schaffer, among others, backed Boebert, writing on Twitter: “As a citizen, the fact politicians can vote on bills they didn’t read is mind-boggling. Imagine being asked to do your job?”
As a citizen, the fact politicians can vote on bills they didn’t read is mind boggling
Imagine being asked to do your job?
— ELIJAH (@ElijahSchaffer) July 29, 2022
In fact, however, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) proposed a very similar measure not long ago.
“This is why Congress needs time to actually read this package before voting on it. Members of Congress have not read this bill. It’s over 5000 pages, arrived at 2pm today, and we are told to expect a vote on it in 2 hours. This isn’t governance. It’s hostage-taking,” she tweeted in December 2020, as Congress was preparing to vote on a massive COVID stimulus package.
This is why Congress needs time to actually read this package before voting on it.
Members of Congress have not read this bill. It’s over 5000 pages, arrived at 2pm today, and we are told to expect a vote on it in 2 hours.
This isn’t governance. It’s hostage-taking. https://t.co/JpBbEHHkVG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 21, 2020
She added: “And by the way, it’s not just members who need to see the bill ahead of time – YOU do. The PUBLIC needs to see these bills w enough time to contact their rep to let them know how they feel. …”
Boebert also attempted to get Democrats to join her in recognizing a hero in Indiana who took out a potential mass shooter within seconds of him opening fire in a crowded mall.
In her “Resolution to Honor American Hero Elisjsha Dicken for Stopping an Active Shooting,” Boebert noted:
Elisjsha Dicken is an American hero worthy of recognition and honor. Eli’s act of bravery saved countless lives and inspired millions more. While many career politicians are working to disarm law-abiding citizens like Eli, I’m committed to ensuring that we uphold the Constitutional right to defend one’s self. On behalf of a grateful nation, I’m honored to lead this bill recognizing Eli Dicken, a true American hero.
Dicken, 22, was credited by police with saving lives when he defended fellow citizens by stopping an active shooter at the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Ind., earlier this month. Reports said Dicken engaged the shooter, who had a rifle, with his handgun from 40 yards, stopping the attack within 15 seconds as he instructed mall patrons to get behind him.
“The shooter tragically killed three people and injured multiple others in the fifteen seconds before Eli stopped him. Thankfully, Eli’s actions saved countless lives and prevented this tragedy from becoming a mass shooting,” says a press release from Boebert’s office.
“Indiana’s constitutional carry statute repealed the gun control law mandating that citizens obtain a permit to carry a handgun in public. Greenwood Police Chief James Ison described Eli as ‘very proficient’ in using tactics that neutralized the threat and saved lives,” it added.
Boebert’s resolution garnered 11 Republican co-sponsors, including Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana, Mike Carey of Ohio, Andrew Clyde of Georgia, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Jody Hice of Georgia, Mary Miller of Illinois, Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Greg Steube of Florida, and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey.
But, as Fox News reports, not a single Democrat has signed on to honor the “Good Samaritan.”