Immigration Bill Would Take Nearly Three Days To Read - Nonstop

Craig Bannister | April 17, 2013 | 2:10pm EDT
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The 844 page Senate immigration bill (S. 744) creating a "pathway to citizenship" for illegal aliens was introduced overnight Wednesday morning prior to its one and only scheduled hearing Friday morning.

But, given the average person's reading speed, congressmen would need nearly three full days to read it - if they never stopped to eat, sleep, or do anything else.

Given that it takes the average reader a minimum of five minutes to read a page of technical information, a congressman would need 4,220 minutes to read the bill (5 x 844 = 4,220). Divide that by 60 minutes and you get 70.3 hours.

Divide 70.3 hours by 24, and it would take 2.93 days for a congressman to read the entire immigration bill - if he started and didn't stop until he finished.

So, will anyone actually read the entire immigration bill prior to the hearing - or even before voting on it?

History says "no," if you look at some of the previous long, important bills congressmen have admitted they didn't read before voting on them:

  • Obamacare,
  • The Stimulus,
  • Fiscal Cliff Deal,
  • $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill
  • $280 Billion Continuing Resolution,
  • 2009 Climate Change Bill

Here's the full text of the bill, full text of the Senate Immigration Bill.pdf in case you want to see how long it takes you to read and understand it.

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