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Stimulus: Senator Predicts Colleagues Will Not Read Final Bill

February 13, 2009

The size and scope of the stimulus means the bill won’t even be read much less fully understood by House and Senate members who vote the biggest spending package ever in the history of the United States into law.

Isn’t there an old saying: “If you want it bad you get it bad”?

This is a bad bill and we have Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to thank….

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) predicted on Thursday that none of his Senate colleagues would “have the chance” to read the entire final version of the $790-billion stimulus bill before the bill comes up for a final vote in Congress.

“No, I don’t think anyone will have the chance to [read the entire bill],” Lautenberg told

The final bill, crafted by a House-Senate conference committee, was posted on the Website of the House Appropriations Committe late Thurday in two PDF files.

The first PDF was 424 pages long and the second PDF was 575 pages long, making the total bill 999 pages long.  The House is expected to vote on this 999-page bill Friday, and the Senate either later Friday or Saturday.  [Editor’s note: The first PDF, as posted on the House Appropriations Committee website as of 8:20 AM Friday morning, had grown by 72 pages to 496 pages, increasing the length of the total document to 1,071 pages.]

Of the several senators that interviewed on Thursday, only Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) claimed to have read the entire bill–and he was speaking of the preliminary version that had been approved by the Senate, not the final 999-page version that the House-Senate conference committee was still haggling over on Thursday afternoon.

Read the rest:

Led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, center, lawmakers ... 
Led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, center, lawmakers announce agreement on the $789 billion economic stimulus measure at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. President Barack Obama could sign the bill within days. Reid is joined by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)