5 Common-Sense Bills We Need to Pass

Here's two: Let's vote on weekends and stop making pennies
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2011 5:13 AM CDT
The penny has had its day.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Ezra Klein uses his Washington Post column to give a push to what he sees as logical bills languishing for lack of "partisan passion." Among his first No-Brainer Awards:

  • Weekend voting: A bill from Rep. Steve Israel and outgoing Sen. Herb Kohl would end the outdated silliness of forcing people to vote on a Tuesday and make Election Day the first full weekend of November. "Two days when most Americans don’t have to work, drop their kids off at school or rush home to prepare dinner."

  • Taxpayer receipts: Bills from Democrats and Republicans in both chambers would require the Treasury Department to send taxpayers a receipt spelling out how the government spent their money.
  • Stop making pennies: It costs 1.7 cents to mint a single penny (let that sink in), and people don't like 'em anyway.
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