• The Senate on Tuesday morning put forward a massive spending package to shell out some $1.7 trillion in the next fiscal year.
  • The bill totaled 4,155 pages. By Tuesday evening, the Senate passed the legislation by a 70-25 vote.
  • So who read it? Well, no one. Certainly not any of the senators. This site says the average reader can get through 40 pages an hour, so it’d take 103 hours — 4.3 days if you read for 24 hours a day — to get through the whole bill.
  • But lawmakers wouldn’t have read it, anyway. It’s congressional staffers who get the order to skim the bill as fast as they can and then inform their bosses what’s in it.
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