Friday, February 13, 2009

626 Words Per Minute Required to Read the Stimulus

The 1,071 page American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka: "Stimulus Bill") was released to congress last night at 11:00pm and is set for discussion this morning at 9:00 am giving congress 10 hours to read the entire bill. describes it this way:
Democrats made the bill available at 11 p.m. on Thursday night. At 9 a.m. Friday morning, the House begins debate on the bill. If members of Congress actually took the time to read the bill, they would have to read through the night at a rate of 626 words per minute before heading to the House floor.

To put this in context, lets see how fast that really is.

Reading at 626 words per minute you would have to read
  • The King James Bible in just under 21 hours. (Something many people take a year to do.)
  • Read War and Peace in 15 hours
  • Read the Constitution in 7 minutes
  • Obama's Inaugural Address in 4 minutes (it took him about 20 minutes)

Obama's promises of transparency and of posting all bills for consideration online for 48 hours have fallen flat.

Is that the change we can believe in?

Follow-up: Republican Leader John Boehner's Speech On the House Floor After Stimulus Bill Passed

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