Sen. Bob Casey: ‘No,’ I Won’t Read All 2,702 Pages of $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | August 4, 2021 | 10:06am EDT
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked whether he will read all 2,702 pages of the infrastructure bill before voting on it, Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said, “No,” and added that the senate staff “are always going to be more capable, more informed than members are.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked the senator, “Will you read all 2,702 pages of the infrastructure bill before voting on it?”

Senator Casey said, “No.”

In a follow-up question, CNSNews.com asked, “And do you believe any of your colleagues will read all pages before voting?”

“Probably one, but I think for the country’s sake it’s really important that staff in senate offices spend the time to go through it because they’reーthe staff are always going to be more capable, more informed than members are,” the senator said. “That’s the way it’s always worked.”

“I think if we’re going to takeーif every member is going to take the time to read every page of every bill, nothing will get done. It would take years to pass a bill even that’s ready to pass,” said Casey.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

“So, I think it’s ー I think there’s some mythology about members reading legislation,” he said. “The country is much better off by the work that the staff does to inform us.”

CNSNews.com asked, “Do you believe that you’ll be informed enough to be able to cast your vote confidently?”

“Yes, because I have really good staff,” he said.

The supposedly “bipartisan” Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would put $1.2 trillion dollars into “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.

The House voted to pass the infrastructure bill on July 1. Should it pass in the Senate, it will be “the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century,” reads the White House statement.

While Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is determined to hold a vote on the $1.2 trillion dollar 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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