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?