It is profoundly irresponsible to not hold our legislation to higher standards of public review. When we do not take the time to adequately prepare and review our laws, riders - many unrelated to the bill's principal subject matter - are attached. These riders, typically pieces of legislation that would have no way of passing on their own, are added to the bill just before the bill goes out for a vote. In the case of the omnibus, members of Congress were forced to accept all riders at the risk of shutting down the government, as this 2000-page bill was introduced just 48 hours before the scheduled vote. Such a monumental piece of legislation, affecting 26+ industries and sectors of government, should be subject to public review that grants constituencies adequate time to address their Congresspersons; a dialogue should take place as to how the bill will affect each member and his or her district. The fact that this is not happening is worrisome; it is deeply undemocratic to essentially prevent the public from responding to this bill in due time.