Read the Bill

Do you recall speaker Pelosi on Obamacare?

Recently 93 Senators voted for a defense authorization bill that included repeal of Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice(UCMJ) which bans soldiers from engaging in either sodomy or bestiality.

When asked whether he knew about the measure, a baffled Senator McCain spluttered to a CNSNewsreporter: “I don’t, I don’t know what you’re — honestly. I read the bill. And I was there for many hours of deliberation and debate and amendments, and probably spent hundreds of, several hundred hours on it. But that particular provision I did not know.” 

I’ll admit that even after 100 hours I might miss a non doted “i” or uncrossed “t” but not a section titled “Repeal of the military ban on sodomy and bestiality”.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who also voted for the bill, was more cagey in his response. Asked if he had been aware of the provision, Graham, a former military prosecutor and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the CNSNewsreporter, “No, I can’t say I was. But … I think I know what the military is getting at there, in light of the change in policy. But no, I can’t say that I was, so we’ll look at that.”

More recently the House and Senate passed a trillion dollar plus omnibus authorization bill.  One sane Representative who voted against it more or less said “how can I rationally vote on a trillion dollar bill that has just be presented”.