House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scheduled a vote Monday evening for a hefty bill dropped on Congress earlier that same day. The spending bill totals nearly 5,600 pages.
The bill was unavailable prior to this afternoon, a delay reportedly caused by “computer glitch[es].” In addition to the $900 billion in pandemic stimulus spending, the bill includes $1.4 trillion for other expenditures.
Representative Mark Green (R-TN-07) (pictured above) tweeted that he didn’t believe he could cast his vote on a bill without reading it completely.
“Sorry, @SpeakerPelosi. I actually like to read legislation before I cast my vote,” stated Green. “At 5,593 pages, this bill is going to take me more time than the 6 hours Congress has been given to read it. This is utterly irresponsible!”
Sorry, @SpeakerPelosi. I actually like to read legislation before I cast my vote.
At 5,593 pages, this bill is going to take me more time than the 6 hours Congress has been given to read it.
This is utterly irresponsible!
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) December 21, 2020
As Green explained that it would take a reading pace of 16 pages per minute to read the bill in its entirety before the vote.
Later that evening, Green issued a facetious response to a video of the massive bill being carted to the floor.
“Speaker Pelosi deserves a page in the Guinness Book of World Records for how fast a reader she must be!” wrote Green.
Other Republican representatives didn’t issue any remarks on the matter after the text was released. Representative Tim Burchett (R-TN-02) took a lighthearted approach to the sudden renewed push to pass the stimulus bill, tweeting on Sunday to joke that the bill is a “one-day government funding bill.”
Meanwhile, Senator Marsha Blackburn strafed Speaker Pelosi for the naked partisanship on display throughout 2020 with her and the Democrat’s refusal to negotiate with Republicans to pass the much needed relief.
“Since July, Senate Republicans have been working to provide the American people with targeted economic relief in the face of the COVID pandemic,” Blackburn said in a statement late Monday. “Congressional Democrats fought us every inch of the way, and held this relief hostage as they pressed for over $3 trillion in special interest giveaways. They admittedly used a pandemic to push a socialistic agenda.”
Despite the senator’s strong support of vaccine development, support for school and universities, and critical relief to Tennessee small business, Blackburn ultimately could not vote for the massive $2.4 trillion dollar price tag.
She explained, “I have serious concerns with provisions buried in the 5,593 page bill, such as expanded visas, Pell grants for prisoners, and households with illegal aliens receiving economic impact payments. For these reasons, I voted no on passage of this legislation.”
“After this difficult year & as the holidays near, glad some long-overdue #COVIDrelief’s finally here,” wrote Cohen. “Despite Scrooge #McConnell, Dems secured #StimulusChecks, rent aid & more. More is needed, but for now ppl can stay in their homes, put food on the table & spread holiday cheer.”
Pelosi didn’t issue any statements on the bill Monday, instead focusing on celebrating the removal of the Robert E. Lee Statue from the U.S. Capitol and the expansion of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.
Pelosi scheduled the vote on the bill at 8 pm EST.
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