Omnibus legislation needs to be streamlined
President Trump has signed into law the massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. The omnibus legislation packaged many smaller appropriation bills, covering multiple budget areas, into one massive piece of legislation. The resulting patchwork was a 2,232-page mishmash of seemingly incongruous issues. Additionally, buried in "The Omni" were the usual "pork barrel" projects — the most notable of which was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's $900 million Gateway Project, funding construction of a tunnel beneath the Hudson River connecting Manhattan and New Jersey.
Further complicating Congress' deliberation process was the issue of limited time. The House had less than 24 hours to read the bill once it was made public. Does anybody really thing the representatives had time to read a 2,232-page complicated piece of legislation? Graduates of the Evelyn Woods Reading Dynamics course couldn't accomplish that feat. All this brings to mind those infamous words of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: "We have to pass the bill to see what's in it."
From my perspective, several things need to happen. These omnibus spending bills needs to be streamlined and focused on the key budget areas and sufficient time needs to be provided to adequately read and study any proposed legislation.