How Do You Even File 540 Amendments to a Bill?
Today’s moment of sheer Jamesian confusion comes from Rep. Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) disclosure today that Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is larding the Defense Department appropriations bill with God-knows-what. From a press briefing Hoyer gave earlier:
Mr. Hoyer: …On Thursday we’ll do the Department of Defense Appropriation Act. There are, by the way, over 600 amendments filed to that bill. The rule hasn’t been written yet. The rule is not through yet, is it? No. They’re working on the rule now. We will try to deal with perhaps a large number of those en bloc amendment of some type. There are 540 filed by Flake alone.
Mr. Hoyer: 540 by Mr. Flake.
I didn’t know a single human being could file that many amendments.