Sen. Debbie Stabenow: ‘I Certainly Am Going to Be Reading' Executive Summary of 2,741-Page Omnibus Spending Bill 

Emily Robertson | March 11, 2022 | 2:03pm EST
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Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) speaks during a press conference advocating for the passing of the Excellence In Mental Health Act. (Photo credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) (Photo credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images)

( -- When asked Thursday whether she would read all 2,741 pages of the Omnibus Spending Bill before she voted on it, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said the bill is written in technical text and she will be reading the comprehensive summary. 

Sen. Stabenow ultimately voted yes on the bill, which passed the Senate later Thursday by a 68-31 vote and awaits President Joe Biden's signature. asked Sen. Stabenow, “Will you read all of the 2,741 pages of the omnibus spending bill before you vote on it?” 

“Well I certainly am going to be reading the comprehensive, executive summary," she replied. "The actual bill is written in technical text where it doesn’t make sense without the summary, so I’m reading through all of the comprehensive summary.” 

The omnibus spending bill, H.R. 2471, which will keep the federal government funded through September, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9. The military spending part of the bill passed 361 to 69; the domestic spending sections passed 260 to 171.

The package is $1.5 trillion and runs to 2,741 pages, according to The Hill. The bill has over 4,000 earmarks. 

According to a House Committee on Appropriations press release, H.R. 2471 provides $1.5 trillion in discretionary resources across the year 2022 appropriations bills. The package includes the 12 fiscal appropriations bills for 2022 along with funding worth $13.6 billion to Ukraine. Roll Call sates that the Rules Committee pulled the $15.6 billion for COVID-19 funding from the package to be its own, separate bill.

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