Rep. Marino Introduces "One Subject" Bill
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- It's the way business has been done in Washington for years; a bundle of several pieces of legislation included in one package. That's caused Pennsylvania congressman Tom Marino and his colleagues to have to make some tough decisions.
"Now I have to look at that and say, I don't agree with part of it, but I do agree with some of it. So now I have to decide what's the lesser of two evils," explained Marino, (R - PA 5th District).
So Marino has introduced a bill called "One Subject at a Time." It's pretty much what it sounds like. Marino wants legislation to cover only on issue at a time, so it could be considered on its own merits.
"This way, the American people know who submitted the legislation, just exactly what it is - and it doesn't have to be multi-pages. And more importantly, they know where we stand. They know how we voted on this single piece of legislation," Marino said.
"It helps to make a point; it helps to illustrate the problem. So it accomplishes that good. But getting it enacted is a whole different issue," explained Ernest Istook of The Heritage Foundation.
Istook would know…he's a former Republican congressman from Texas.
"Unless you actually incorporate this into a Constitutional amendment, you cannot bind the U.S. Congress with a requirement like that," Istook said.
Marino knows he's fighting an uphill battle, but he says he's getting increased support. He actually introduced the One Subject at a Time bill in the last Congress too, but it was never brought up for a vote.