Boozman, Cassidy, Kaine Divide Reading of 2,702-Page Infrastructure Bill With Staff Members

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | August 9, 2021 | 2:30pm EDT
Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked whether he will read all 2,702 pages of the infrastructure bill before voting on it, Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.) said he will not personally read it, but that his staff “is working very hard to get that done.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Aug. 3, CNS News asked the senator, “Will you read all 2,702 pages of the infrastructure bill before voting on it?”

Senator Boozman said, “I won’t personally, but my staff is working very hard to get that done.”

Although he himself will not read the entire bill, the senator believes he will be sufficiently informed to confidently vote on the bill.

The full Senate is expected to vote on the $1.2 trillion bill on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, when asked whether he would read the entire bill, said, “Between my staff and/or I, yes, absolutely.”

In a follow-up question, CNS News asked Senator Kaine, “And you believe that you’ll be able to know fully what is in all those 2,700…”?

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) (Getty Images)

“We have been ー even though I’m not on the bipartisan group ー we have been talking about it with them for weeks,” he said. “Mark Warner is on there, and he and I have been talking about this for weeks.”

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said, “My staff and I have split it up, and we’ve looked at that, and we’ve been able to review it all. So it’s kind of a teamwork, if you will.”

The “bipartisan” Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would authorize spending for “clean transportation infrastructure, clean water infrastructure, universal broadband infrastructure, clean power infrastructure, remediation of legacy pollution, and resilience to the changing climate,” according to a June 24 White House statement.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) (Getty Images)

The House voted to pass its version of the infrastructure bill on July 1.

While Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is determined to hold a vote on the infrastructure bill before the Senate leaves for recess on Aug. 9, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans are less enthusiastic about taking action on it.

Leader McConnell said on the Senate floor on Monday, “Our full consideration of this bill must not be choked off by any artificial timetable that our Democratic colleagues may have penciled out for political purposes.”

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