Congressmen Had 1,000 Minutes to Read 2,232-Page $1.3T Bill

CNS News | 3/22/2018 | Staff
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Members of the House of Representatives had 1,000 minutes—overnight—to read a 2,232-page bill that spends $1.3 trillion.

On Wednesday, March 21, the House Appropriations Committee put out a press release headlined “Government-Wide Funding Legislation Released.”

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“The bill contains the full legislation and funding for all of the 12 annual Appropriations bills,” said the release. “It totals $1.3 trillion, including $78.1 billion in funding for the Global War on Terror (GWOT)/Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). Total base funding, excluding OCO and emergencies, is $1.2 trillion.”

At the bottom of the press release, the committee included a link to the House documents page where “the text of the legislation” was available.”

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This page shows that the text of the bill—H.R. 1625—was “Added 03/21/2018 at 07:57 PM.”

The PDF of the 2,232-page text of the $1.3-trillion spending bill was added to the House documents page at 7:57 p.m. on Wednesday night:

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The PDF of the full text of the bill that is posted there is 2,232 pages long.

The final roll-call vote on H.R. 1625--as memorialized on C-SPAN--began at 12:37 pm and ended at about 12:59 pm on Thursday, March 22. The bill passed 256 to 167—with 90 Republicans voting against it and 111 Democrats voting for it.

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The 12:37 p.m. vote in the House started 16 hours and 40 minutes--or 1,000 minutes--after the bill was posted...
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