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$1.5 Trillion, 2,300 Page Bill Set For Vote In Less Than 24 Hours

by Countable | Updated on 3.22.18

What’s the story?

Buried under a blanket of spring snow, and staring down a two-week congressional break, Congress is rushing to get a spending bill passed this week before lawmakers sprint for the exits. Which means that Members of Congress were given 24 hours to review and prepare to vote on a 2,232-page bill authorizing $1.5 trillion in spending. And, for once, both Democrats and Republicans aren’t having it.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) had this to say on Fox News:

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) concurred in an interview with CNN:

Democrats are not expected en masse to vote against the bill, however, but the House Freedom Caucus is. Freedom Caucus head Rep. Mark Meadows had this to say:

Democrats raised similar concerns when tax overhaul legislation was passed in December of 2017. Here’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) talking about the single hour she has to review the 500-page bill before she has to vote.

It’s not just a problem with this Congress, either. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took issue with the way that lengthy bills were voted on too quickly for Members of Congress to actually read them in 2012. He introduced legislation that would mandate a day for every 20 pages of a bill that legislators have to review, which would mean they would have needed 112 days to review the omnibus bill they will undoubtedly pass this week.

Paul’s legislation failed.

What do you think?

Should Congress be allowed to vote on legislation that there is no possible way they have actually read in its entirety? Should there be legislation to mandate a slow down in the process to give Members of Congress time to thoroughly review any and all legislation they vote on? Are you willing to see your political priorities move more slowly through Congress in order to for the whole process to slow down?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

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  • Chris
    03/22/2018
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    Why, why, why! This Congress has postponed time again. So now it was to be rushed and passed without any true opportunity to read. Shame on you GOP.

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  • Michael777
    03/22/2018
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    This is clear proof that the Republican Party is NOT the party of "fiscal conservatism"! The Tea Party movement was just a farce after all, electing liars and hypocrites into power just for them to INCREASE wasteful government spending for corporate welfare and giveaways to the military industrial-complex! We need to elect in representatives who will actually spend our tax dollars on things we need, like infrastructure, healthcare, and education!

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  • Alberto
    03/22/2018
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    You cannot approve something you have not read. You should vote NO until you have had ample time to read and digest the consequences of any bill. Otherwise, why bother having these institutions.

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  • KansasTamale
    03/22/2018
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    Congress MUST NOT vote on legislation that there is no possible way they have actually read in its entirety. Legislation MUST slow down its process to give Members of Congress time to thoroughly review any and all legislation on which they vote. Perhaps actually following the legislative due process would be a GREAT THING!!! WHAT A NOVEL IDEA - USE THE ORIGINAL LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. Everyone should be willing to have their political priorities move more slowly through Congress in order to for the whole process to slow down and have the legislators actually know what they are voting on.

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  • Deirdre
    03/23/2018
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    What a joke! You cannot pass a bill that large in 24 hours. You all are running our country into the ground. Start doing your jobs which is working for the Americans not trump and not big money. I can’t wait to vote you all out of office

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  • John
    03/22/2018
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    No! No! No!

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  • Marylynn
    03/23/2018
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    Over 2,000 pages long, who the hell had time to read it? Lawmakers are incredibly shifty with hiding lots of pet projects in these bills. I wonder what they're going to stick us taxpayers with...

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  • Stallion
    03/23/2018
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    This is what government looks like without a leader. This is how management by conflict looks. I am totally disgusted . It is going to be a long 3 more years

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  • Jim
    03/22/2018
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    They need a reasonable amount of time to read this bill. Mandatory review week after it is finalized.... no recess till then.

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  • Charles
    03/24/2018
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    As a middle class citizen,I have to account for every dollar I spend just to make it. So it’s hard for me to understand how the people we have put in office can spend 1.5 trillion without knowing exactly where this money is going. This is not the representation I want. Who is filling there pockets with my great,great grand child’s money?

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  • Kathy
    03/22/2018
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    Please don’t vote for a bill that once again ignores Dreamers and raises the already horrendously high military budget. We are assisting in the Saudi-led war in Yemen and thousands of innocent civilians are dead and the cholera outbreak is getting worse. We need to send humanitarian aid, not refuel Saudi jets! PLUS, you should never vote for something that you haven’t had the time to read and ponder. Thank you.

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  • BeStrong
    03/22/2018
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    Why does this sh!t happen Every Single Time a budget comes up. TRILLIONS of dollars and Thousands of pages with 24 HOURS to absorb. ** In this bill the District of Columbia is being punished with a reduction in budget for legalizing cannabis and maintaining legal and safe abortion clinics. In DC Public safety and education budgets are reduced Punitively. ?!And why is DOD 50% of our National budget?! Take care of our vets, increase military pay and get out of undeclared wars now!

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  • Carol
    03/23/2018
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    This situation is very bad. No bill should be passed without reading, consideration and debate. The process that allowed this to come up for passage without adequate time to consider needs to be changed. President Trump be a hero--refuse to sign. Either keep Congress there to find what can be trimmed or send them home with instruction to read and find cuts. According to the Rand list there is plenty to cut and defund Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities. Your promise was fiscal responsibility and this bill is not it.

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  • Ray
    03/23/2018
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    The GOP and Trump should be ashamed for signing this monstrosity of an omnibus bill without reading it!!! The Military spending is outrageous yet Trump signed it because he wants a strong military to protect our nation. To protect a nation that abandons its Veterans, abandons the American People's need for food, healthcare, and shelter, abandons the American Workers' pension plans that they have worked all their lives, etc, etc, etc!!!! The GOP better start looking for another job, because they will be slaughtered in November!!!! They gave us the Great TAX SCAM and now this OMNIBUS BILL SCAM!!!! Shame on you GOP and Trump-shame, shame, shame!!!!

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  • Haley
    03/23/2018
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    this is just a really big bill to pass in 24 hours. both parties have been going back and forth since the election, so i don’t think that this can be done with such little time, but i’m hopeful that they will make the right decision.

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  • Robert
    03/22/2018
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    I’m sure this bill has been thoroughly studied. I’m also sure there’s no mistakes in this, when are you people going to start doing a job like it supposed to be done, it’s time for you to stop half assing everything you do.

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  • ChangeIT
    03/22/2018
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    I would not have been allowed to get a grade of I had not read the book when I was in school. So why would you think you not being able to read the bill would let it get your vote. Shame on you all for voting for this mess of a bill. Shame on you all!!!!!

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  • MFein10
    03/23/2018
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    I agree with Rand Paul’s goal with his 20 pages a day bill, but that is a slow pace. How about 100+ pages a day? That’s manageable.

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  • Sean
    03/26/2018
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    Nobody even read this before they voted!

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  • Stephanie
    03/23/2018
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    Speaking of your Bills, I’m going to veto it, and you will never signed it, within 10 Days.

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