Rep. Donalds on 2,456-Page Bill: ‘Look Man, I’ve Never Liked the Way This Place Does Those Things’

Megan Williams | October 1, 2021 | 12:21pm EDT
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House Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.)
House Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.)

(CNS News) -- When asked if he would read all 2,465 pages of the Build Back Better Act before voting on it, House Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) said, “I’ll try to, I mean -- look man, I’ve never liked the way this place does those things.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, CNS News asked the congressman, “The Build Back Better Act the House Budget Committee approved is 2,465 pages long, will you read the entire bill before voting on it?”

Donalds replied, “I’ll try to, I mean, look man, I’ve never liked the way this place does those things. I’m going to try to. The key thing is trying to make sure you get through as many of the provisions as you can, but from what I’ve seen, I’m already not supporting that bill.”

The $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act was approved by the House Budget Committee on Saturday, Sept. 25. Committee chairman, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), explained the purpose of the bill in a press release.

“The Build Back Better Act makes the transformative investments at the scale necessary to meet the needs of the American people,” Yarmuth said. “The job is not done until we deliver the Build Back Better Act to the Oval Office and get these investments to the American people.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a letter to her Democratic colleagues in the House on Sunday, Sept. 26, explaining their plans for the legislation and the rest of the week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)  (Getty Images)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Getty Images)

“This week is a week of opportunity, as we work to keep government open, conclude negotiations on the Build Back Better Act and advance the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework,” Pelosi wrote.

Pelosi reportedly was trying to get a vote on the legislation on Thursday, but that was delayed because the "progressive" Democrats (radical left-wing) in the House do not support breaking the legislation into two separate bills and are holding the line on the $3.5 trillion price tag.

Negotiations in the House are ongoing.

Senate Democrats Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have repeatedly said they will not vote for a $3.5 trillion bill. 

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