Nancy Pelosi on staffing out the hard stuff:

“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.”

Justice Scalia: reading the ACA in full is a violation of the Eighth Amendement:

 You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages? And do you really expect the Court to do that? 

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-TX) discussing his preferred approach to immigration reform:

I think a step-by-step approach is more effective to achieve a comprehensive result than one single bill jammed through that nobody knows what’s in. 

What really blows my mind when I hear elected and appointed leaders reject omnibus legislation like the ACA or immigration reform on grounds of the bill’s printed-paper weight is what constitutes a ‘page’ in congress. 
I mean look at it! That’s an 8.5x11 sheet of printer paper with 4” margins allowing for about 400 words per page. At 2,700 pages (including table of contents), that’s about a million words in the ACA. 
For comparison: There’s something like a half million words in the Old Testament. 
Atlas Shrugged - 561,996 words
Fountain Head - 311,596 words
Crime and Punishment - 211,591 words
I had to read more than that in a week of American Politics 200. Grow the fuck up. You’re in congress for god’s sake. Besides, how many words are in the Ryan budget?

Nancy Pelosi on staffing out the hard stuff:

“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.”

Justice Scalia: reading the ACA in full is a violation of the Eighth Amendement:

You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages? And do you really expect the Court to do that? 

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-TX) discussing his preferred approach to immigration reform:

I think a step-by-step approach is more effective to achieve a comprehensive result than one single bill jammed through that nobody knows what’s in. 

What really blows my mind when I hear elected and appointed leaders reject omnibus legislation like the ACA or immigration reform on grounds of the bill’s printed-paper weight is what constitutes a ‘page’ in congress. 

I mean look at it! That’s an 8.5x11 sheet of printer paper with 4” margins allowing for about 400 words per page. At 2,700 pages (including table of contents), that’s about a million words in the ACA. 

For comparison: There’s something like a half million words in the Old Testament. 

  • Atlas Shrugged - 561,996 words
  • Fountain Head - 311,596 words
  • Crime and Punishment - 211,591 words

I had to read more than that in a week of American Politics 200. Grow the fuck up. You’re in congress for god’s sake. Besides, how many words are in the Ryan budget?

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