Rep. Jackson Lee Before Vote: 'I’m Still Reading’ 1,648-Page Defense Bill

By Lauretta Brown | December 4, 2014 | 2:31pm EST

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (AP)

( – Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-NY) told on Thursday morning that she was “still reading” the bipartisan 1,648-page National Defense Authorization bill that the House Republican leadership had posted online at 10:32 pm Tuesday night and was set for a floor vote on Thursday afternoon. “Have you read all 1,648 pages of the National Defense Authorization Bill, the final text?”

Jackson Lee: “I have the bill in my office and I am not prepared to vote on a bill that I am still reading, and so I’ll be on the floor raising the point of putting this bill on the floor without the opportunity for a full discussion on the questions of war and peace.” “So you’re planning to read all of it before you vote on it?”

Jackson Lee: “If I have that finished, I’ll make a determination whether the Republicans have adequately provided members a time on the floor to debate it and a time on the floor to know the complete contents of the bill.”

The 1,648-page bill includes several non-defense provisions, including the creation of new national parks and the establishment of a commission to develop a plan for a National Museum of Women’s History.

Related: ‘Trust Me,’ Boehner Asks. He ‘Almost’ Read 1,648-Page Defense Bill

Related: Page 1,324 of 1,648-Page Defense Bill Mandates ‘Legislative Plan’ for National Women’s History Museum

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