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Higgins bill aims to force House to study bills before voting on them

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins said Wednesday that he has teamed with a colleague to introduce legislation that aims to prevent Congress from doing just what the House did when it passed a Republican health care bill in May: approving major legislation without first seeing a full analysis of its potential impact.

Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., together introduced the "Require a Score Before the Floor" bill, which would change House rules to prohibit lawmakers from voting on any legislation that affects the federal budget until after the Congressional Budget Office details the bill's costs and ramifications.

“This is basic common sense. The public and the representatives who serve them in Congress have the right and responsibility to fully understand the projected implications of legislation before a bill comes to a vote," Higgins said. "It is irresponsible and a blatant attempt at public deception to accept anything less.”

Higgins and Jayapal cited the passage of the health care bill in calling for their reform legislation – which, like most major legislation introduced by Democrats, stands little chance of passage in the Republican-controlled House.

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