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Pelosi Wants Time to Read the Bill, Except When She Doesn’t

The Washington Post, on congressional Democrats’ plans for the $1 trillion economic stimulus bill:

Even so, congressional Democrats are anxious to get the process started so that a vote can take place in the House as early as the week of Jan. 12. Pelosi announced yesterday that the first hearing on the plan will take place Wednesday.

Wednesday is January 7. So we’re talking anywhere from four to nine days between the first hearing and final passage.

What was Pelosi saying when she was in the minority?

“[Democrats] are committed to auditing the books and subjecting every facet of federal spending to tough budget discipline and accountability, forcing the new Congress to choose a new direction and the right priorities for all Americans.” – Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) “A New Direction for America,” Page 25

DEMOCRATIC PROMISE #68: Allow Lawmakers to Challenge Individual Earmarks

Promise: “I think, first of all, with any bill, any provision, whether it is an earmark or not, there should be transparency. So that’s what we have said – and I hope you would agree – that before Members vote on a bill there should be appropriate time for people to be able to read it, that it would be a matter of public record, and if there is an earmark that can stand the scrutiny, then that transparency will give the opportunity for it to be there.” – Then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Press Conference, March 16, 2006

It’s not yet clear whether there will be a printed bill ready on January 7. So there could very well be less than four to nine days for members to read the massive spending bill.

Well, it’s only a trillion dollars; why would lawmakers need time to read it?

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