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New Bill Allows for Sufficient Time to Review Legislation
Jesse Rifkin writes the following about a new U.S. House of Representatives bill, the Review Every Act Diligently In Total (READ IT) Resolution (HR 801), for GovTrack Insider:
How fast can you read? Can you read 2,232 pages in only 18 hours? That would be 124 pages per hour for 18 hours without a break and with complete comprehension.
If you can’t, then you’re like most members of Congress and nearly every other human being. A new piece of legislation would require members have enough time to actually fully look over the bills they vote on.
Rifkin provides the bill’s context (the “2,232-page omnibus bill to fund the government” that was introduced about 18 hours before the vote), what it does (“allow [House] members to fully review all legislation before votes”), what its supporters say (“the legislation prevents the near-darkness under which politicians must decide whether to approve or vote down what are often extremely consequential pieces of legislation”), and its odds of passage (uncertain).
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