Dems’ Latest Precaution: Hire a Speed Reader
Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee got to work on the Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill, debating and voting on six amendments to the legislation. That’s modest progress at best — Ranking Member Joe Barton (R-Texas) has promised 450 amendments, and his fellow Republicans could further delay the process by requesting that the 946-page bill be read aloud. The Democrats’ goal of voting the legislation out of committee by the end of the week appears to be in jeopardy.
So the majority party is taking the necessary precautions: it’s hired a speed reader, just in case.
According to The Wall Street Journal, this new assistant can read a page in 34 seconds, and the entire bill would take him about nine hours.
Just another example of the ridiculous parliamentary dance putting your taxpayer dollars to good use.