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Cap-and-Trade Speed Read

May 21, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

After seeing the absurd list of amendments Republicans submitted to the American Clean Energy And Security Act during committee markup, it’s pretty obvious that they are going to try to delay the process however they can.

One dilatory tactic Republicans can use would require the full 946-page bill and its 450 Republican-offered amendments to be read aloud in full by committee staff. Generally, the committee dispenses with the section-by-section reading of the bill during the amendment process under a unanimous consent agreement. But if Republicans object to the motion to dispense with the reading of the sections and amendments, the committee has no choice but to proceed with the reading.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats have found a novel solution – they have hired a speed reader as a member of their staff, and he’s standing by, ready to rock the mic if need be. The Wall Street Journal reports:

A committee spokeswoman said the young man, who’s doing door duty at the hearing as he awaits his possible call to the microphone, was hired to help career staff. After years of practice, the panel’s clerks can certainly read rapidly, but she says the speed reader is a lot faster.

“Judging by the size of the amendments, I can read a page about every 34 seconds,” said the newly hired “staff assistant” who declined to give his name. Based on that count, it would take around nine hours to read the entire bill.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the part on hydrochlorofluorocarbons.

UPDATE: This happened:

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  • Anonymous 05/21/2009 8:48am

    I’m proud that my tax dollars are being spent to play these stupid childish games. Seriously both parties need to grow up and deal with this in a more mature manner. Next I foresee the Republicans finding a way to interrupt the speed reader by throwing paper airplanes at him

  • MaxBear 05/21/2009 12:10pm

    I understand why the delay tactics are being used. People that own a home or pay rent. Understand that this legislation will cost the average house hold $1500.00 more a year. That fact seems not to worry the Dems.

  • Anonymous 05/22/2009 3:18am

    Uh…$1500.00? Try double that, according to MIT. How can any of the working class afford to pay that and keep our homes. And of course the dems are not worried, they have plenty of money and connections. I blame this on Gore. He is goring us all, while he lives high on the bull.

  • DAK 05/23/2009 2:57am

    I think this whole thing is a slap in the face to all Americans. They are just mocking the outrage over the Stimulus Bill.They should read any bill and wholly understand it before they vote. They work for us, the citizen’s, and by doing this the democrats are basically saying we are going to do what we want, at any cost, without even knowing what we are doing, and we don’t care what anyone says. They are voting solely on party lines. Look at the Stimulus Bill as the prime example, who benefits from it the most? Not the citizens!

  • scantling 05/23/2009 5:43am

    I am convince that the dem’s and Obama simply want to social engineer the USA into an image satisfactory to themselves. Most of them pay capital gains not ordinary income tax. Until we “The People” take control back thru the ballot box they have no fear of “WE the People”.

  • TheBrat 05/24/2009 8:56am

    That is about the most irresponsible and childish thing I have ever seen. Did we really elect these people? It is obvious that no one could understand, so again they sign without reading. Did they not learn the first time.

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