Did Rep. Moran Read 1,648-Page Defense Bill? ‘Are You Kidding?’

By Lauretta Brown | December 4, 2014 | 4:43pm EST

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) – When asked Thursday if he had read the entire 1,648-page National Defense Authorization bill which the House was set to vote on later that day, Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) replied: “Of course not. Are you kidding?”

Moran added that he was not planning to read the bill before voting on it because “I trust the leadership”.

CNSNews.com asked: “Have you read all 1,648 pages of the final text of the National Defense--”

Moran replied: “Of course not. Are you kidding?"

CNSNews.com: “Are you planning on reading it before you vote?”

Moran: “No."

CNSNews.com: “How will you know what’s in it?”

Moran: “Because we were, many of these issues we worked on for years and I trust the leadership. Buck McKeon and Adam Smith, they know what they’re doing.”

CNSNews.com: “Do you think [House Majority Leader John] Boehner and [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid have read it?”

Moran: “I know their staff has.”

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Rep. Adam Smith (D.-Wash.) is ranking member.

The bill authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and defense-related activities in the Department of Energy. It also includes money for non-defense spending, such as creating a number of new national parks and establishing a commission to create a plan for a National Museum of Women’s History.

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