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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sen. Sessions: There’s “No Way” That I Can Read This Omnibus Bill and Master It Before We Vote

Republican Senator Jeff Session (AL) expressed his concern over the size and the limited timetable that the Senate has to comb through the bill before it would have to be voted on at the end of the week:

Sen. Jeff Session (R.-Ala.) told on Wednesday that there is “no way” someone could master the full 1,924-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill before Congress votes on it later this week.

Other senators said they were working through the bill with their staff, and one remarked he would be “lucky” if he was able to read all of it.

The current government-funding package expires on Saturday at midnight, making it imperative for Congress to approve new funding of some sort before then. The House of Representatives passed a 13-month continuing resolution last week while the Senate is considering the massive omnibus package that combines each of the 13 appropriations bills that normally make their way through Congress.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he was currently in the process of reading through the measure, noting that it was nearly 2,000 pages long.

“We’re certainly in the process of doing that right now,” he said at a press conference on Wednesday. “It’s a lengthy bill – 1,924 pages long – and we’re going through it as others have and discovering a lot of bad stuff in the bill.”

Asked by CNSNews whether he would read the bill before the vote, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said there was “no way” senators could thoroughly examine the bill, but that he would do his best to read it through.

“There’s no way you can really thoroughly master that bill in two or three days time, to tell you the truth,” he said. “But yes, I’m going to try to look at each [provision], what’s in it.”

There is no way that any part of the government should ever have to “pass a bill, so they’ll be able to find out what’s in it”. They should have released this bill at the beginning of the lame-duck, in order to give people plenty of time to digest all of the pork that is in the bill. Of course, they do it, so they can hide things in this bill that they hope won’t see the light of day before it is too late, and it is already passed.

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