Single Subject Bills

Source: Independent Institute
by Randall G Holcombe

“In a recent post, fellow blogger Craig Eyermann discussed the concessions that Kevin McCarthy made to fellow Republicans to gain their support to be elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. One of them was ‘More single-subject bills to allow members to vote on specific, narrow issues instead of thousand-page pork barrel behemoths.’ That’s a good idea, but it won’t happen. Let me relate this issue to a recent experience of mine, and one I suspect you have also experienced. I needed six nails to make a small repair on some wooden steps on my back deck, so I went off to Home Depot to get some nails. The ones I wanted were sold in a box of 50. I only wanted six, but to get them I had to buy the whole box.” (01/11/23)