Rep. Murphy: Can’t Read 2,456-Page Spending Bill ‘Right Before You Vote On It’

By Megan Williams | September 30, 2021 | 3:56pm EDT
House Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.)  (Getty images)
House Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.) (Getty images)

(CNS News) -- When asked if he would read all 2,456 pages of the Build Back Better Act, House Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.) said it was “highly doubtful” because there is little time when they “literally” hand the legislation to you “right before you vote on it.”

On Sept. 29 at the U.S. Capitol, CNS News asked the congressman, “The Build Back Better Act the House Budget Committee approved is 2,456 pages long, will you read the entire bill before you vote on it?”

Murphy replied, “That’s highly doubtful because how do you read it in that much time, with that much scrutiny, when it’s literally handed to you right before you vote on it? How is that good governance?”

“It’s not good governance, it’s poor governance,” said Murphy. “And what your purpose here, as members of Congress, is actually to try to work together for the betterment of the American people, rather than having reckless, poor, deliberate, disastrous policy slammed down the people’s throats.”

The $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act was approved by the House Budget Committee on Saturday, Sept. 25. Committee chairman, Representative 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 Sept. 26, explaining their plans for the bill and the rest of the week.

“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.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) told CNN, "They are in the midst of an absolutely unprecedented, very damaging spending spree on a scale that we have never seen, and they want us to come along and authorize the borrowing to help pay for it when we are totally opposed to what they're doing.”

House Speaker Pelosi reportedly was trying to get a vote in today, Sept. 30, on Build Back Better but that did not happen. 

However, the Senate passed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded through Dec. 3, and the House voted today to approve that resolution to avoid a government shutdown. Sept. 30 is the last day of the fiscal year.

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