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Conyers on payroll tax bill: I did not read the bill before it was voted on [VIDEO]
The Daily Caller ^

Posted on 02/18/2012 8:52:27 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Conyers on payroll tax bill: ‘I did not read the bill before it was voted on’ [VIDEO] By Nicholas Ballasy 4:19 PM 02/17/2012

Following the passage of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits extension, Democratic Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, explained to The Daily Caller how he had not read the legislation prior to voting for it.

Conyers was asked by TheDC why he supported the legislation when the payroll tax cut portion of the bill was not funded by spending cuts.

“Well, I could vote yes or I could vote no. I voted yes because I didn’t want a payroll tax to be restored on working people and besides I wanted the doc fix in there too,” Conyers told TheDC on Capitol Hill Friday.

TheDC also asked Conyers if he read the bill before voting for it.

“I did not read the bill before it was voted on. I’ve been following it for about 8 months,” he said.

On whether or not the final version of the bill should have been available for at least three days before the vote, Conyers said “look, you can have two days, three days or four days. Yes, absolutely.”

As of Thursday afternoon, House Speaker John Boehner said the final version of the legislation had not been filed.

“First we’ve got to get the bill filed. There’s a technical issue – drafting issue that’s trying to be resolved but we’re working with members on both sides of the aisle to talk about how best to move forward,” said Boehner Thursday.

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Just like the many others.........
1 posted on 02/18/2012 8:52:34 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Conyers/Dems: the inspiration for the terms, “corrupt” and “incompetent”


2 posted on 02/18/2012 8:58:08 AM PST by OldArmy52 (Obama and the truth is like East and West.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Nothing but a bunch of lazy asshats collecting a paycheck.

Your typical government employee.

3 posted on 02/18/2012 8:59:30 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: OldArmy52

But he’s a black democrat which means his district’s black population will vote for him until he dies even though he doesn’t do his job. Oh, and he’ll collect a nice fat pension when he retires.


4 posted on 02/18/2012 9:00:33 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: Sub-Driver
This concerns another piece of legislation, but it's still Conyers.

CONYERS: I love these members that get up and say, "Read the bill." What good is reading the bill if it’s 1,000 pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill

5 posted on 02/18/2012 9:01:23 AM PST by 1raider1
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To: bigdirty
But he’s a black democrat which means his district’s black population will vote for him until he dies...

He's a democrat, they will vote for him LOOONG after his death.

6 posted on 02/18/2012 9:05:46 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: metmom; wintertime

What are the chances he attended public schools?


7 posted on 02/18/2012 9:10:56 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Sub-Driver

Can he even read at all?He said he didn’t read the obamacare bill either.Maybe he’s as illiterate as he looks.


8 posted on 02/18/2012 9:13:12 AM PST by Uncle Meat
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To: 1raider1

Has Conyers EVER read any legislative bill that was placed on his desk? His very ability to comprehend the written word should probably be subject to question.

For this very reason, no piece of legislation should ever be longer than maybe five pages, with a simple outline of its intent being included as the first page.

And some would STILL not be able to understand what they were being called upon to approve.


9 posted on 02/18/2012 9:27:26 AM PST by alloysteel (Are Democrats truly "better angels"? They are lousy stewards for America.)
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To: OldArmy52

“Conyers/Dems: the inspiration for the terms, “corrupt” and “incompetent””

Just wonder what he’s doing for companionship what with his wife in jail for corruption in Detroit.


10 posted on 02/18/2012 9:27:38 AM PST by vette6387
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s just being honest. He can’t read.


11 posted on 02/18/2012 9:43:22 AM PST by DOGEY
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To: Sub-Driver

Yes, I am of the opinion that those that actually read the bills they vote on are few and far between.

It is frightening to think of all the things that have been slid into bills and what could be put in them and our elected hacks wouldn’t have a clue.

We gripe and moan about literacy and education in this nation but look at our elected leaders. The majority of the leaders of our nation won’t do homework or read.

How can we expect anything from the children when we elect THESE types? We should be able to point to these elected officials as role-models. Something children would aspire to.

Ha...lazy good for nothin’ welfare bums is all most of our elected officials are. Up there collecting a decent check, awesome benefits and getting under-handed connections for themselves. They do pretty much jack-nothing, unless they see personal benefit!


12 posted on 02/18/2012 9:47:03 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Sub-Driver

Can the guy even read, period?


13 posted on 02/18/2012 9:49:17 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Sub-Driver
U. S. Constitution, Article IV, Section 4 - Republican government

" The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government

A "republican" form of government is one in which the people elect representatives who represent them to vote on their behalf. Not knowing whether a yes or no vote is in the interest of helping or hurting those you represent is in no way representing them.

Basically, this means that the guarantee of the Federal government to represent your interest in Article IV, Section 4 is not obeyed if your representative doesn't know what he/she is voting yes or no on. Any admission by a representative or senator of not reading a bill that he/she voted on should be cause enough to rule such a bill unconstitutional.

14 posted on 02/18/2012 10:12:39 AM PST by Uncle Sham
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To: DOGEY
He’s just being honest. He can’t read.

That's probably why, when caught with a Playboy on an airplane, his "I only read the articles" excuse didn't (ahem) fly.

15 posted on 02/18/2012 10:14:56 AM PST by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: Sub-Driver

wait!

he can read??


16 posted on 02/18/2012 10:46:47 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Sub-Driver
When John Conyers speaks caffeine goes to sleep.
17 posted on 02/18/2012 10:51:46 AM PST by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: Sub-Driver

Rep. Conyers’ wife should be getting out of federal prison some time next year.


18 posted on 02/18/2012 11:04:33 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Sub-Driver
Following the passage of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits extension, Democratic Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, explained to The Daily Caller how he had not read the legislation prior to voting for it. Conyers was asked by TheDC why he supported the legislation when the payroll tax cut portion of the bill was not funded by spending cuts.

Where to begin??

CONYERS:" Listen, I'm a Cpngressman. I don't have TIME to READ the S**T I vopye on, I barely have the time to break away from the most current interviewer to go cast my vote!!

What was this vote, again??"

19 posted on 02/18/2012 11:05:24 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: EGPWS; mickie
"He's a democrat, they will vote for him LOOONG after his death".

Close, but no cigar.

They will vote for him LOOONG after THEIR deaths.

LOL

Leni

20 posted on 02/18/2012 12:24:32 PM PST by MinuteGal
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