Conyers Changes His Tune: Now Claims He Will ''Not Sleep' Until He Has Read Full Health-Care Bill

By Nicholas Ballasy | March 19, 2010 | 5:44 PM EDT

( - House Judiciary Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has changed his tune about the importance of reading big bills before he votes on them.

Conyers insisted to on Friday that he "absolutely" would read the entire final text of the 2,300-page health-care reconciliation bill the House is expected to vote on on Sunday, and that he will "not sleep" if necessary to get the job done.

In July, Conyers had scoffed at colleauges who said that members should read the whole bill before voting on it, saying that it would take two days to do so and that even then you would need to lawyers two explain to you what it means. asked Conyers on Friday: “Are you going to read the entire text of the health care reconciliation bill before it is voted on, the final text?”

“Absolutely,” he said. then asked: “Do you think they are going to have enough time to read it before the vote if it is on Sunday?”

“Well, of course. I’ll just not sleep,” he said.

Conyers was singing a different tune in July when he gave a speech at the National Press Club. “I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” Conyers said then. “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?

The full text of the health-care reconciliation bill is 2,310 pages. Entitled the “Reconciliation Act of 2010,” it was posted on Web site of the House Rules Committee on March 17, 2010.