A stuffed turkey, a Christmas tree, pork, these are some terms often used to describe Congressional bills that are loaded with a variety of policies that may have nothing to do with the underlying topic. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is seeking to change this practice for good and make government better.
Enzi, taking a page from the Wyoming Legislature’s handbook, introduced a bill recently that would require any legislation considered by the Senate to be limited to a single issue. This is the same rule the Wyoming Legislature is required to follow when drafting legislation.
“When Congress creates these enormous bills with provisions affecting highways to health, instead of getting a ‘comprehensive’ bill you get somethings that is incomprehensible,” said Enzi. “When I was in the Wyoming Legislature, we had to vote on one issue per bill and that helps you get things done. Congress is a miserable multitasker. It’s time that Congress got back to the basics and follow Wyoming’s example.”
Enzi’s bill would create a point of order against a bill or resolution that is not confined to a single issue. This point of order could only be overruled by a supermajority of 67 votes.