Sen. Hawley: Reading All 2,702 Pages of Infrastructure Bill Is a ‘Group Project’ With His Staff

Elisabeth Nieshalla | August 5, 2021 | 1:51pm EDT
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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked whether he will read all 2,702 pages of the infrastructure bill before voting on it, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said, “It’ll be a group project” with his staff, and “the more we read, the more bad stuff we find.”

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

Hawley said, “We will go ー yes, before I vote on it, my staff and I, it’ll be a group project, so we will do it together ー we will go through all 2,700 whatever. And, by the way, as we’re doing that, the more we read, the more bad stuff we find. It’s just, it’s really kind of unbelievable.”

In a follow-up question, CNS News asked Senator Hawley whether he believes his colleagues will do the same.

He said, “I don’t know about that, you’d have to ask them.”

The “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.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

The House voted to pass its 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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