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The resolution some House Republicans say they haven't had time to read is only 1 page

Last week, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) introduced a joint resolution to overturn President Trump's national emergency declaration, but several House Republicans have said they oppose it because they do not have time to review the bill.

The problem with that argument? The resolution is only one page, clocking in at roughly 80 words.

The House will vote on the resolution Tuesday, and it is expected to easily pass. The Senate will then have to vote on it within 18 days. One House Republican, Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), has said he will back it, but others are crying foul, wondering how they will be able to read a resolution that has fewer words than the average greeting card.

NPR's Susan Davis reports that on Monday, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), the ranking member of the House Committee on Rules, said he doesn't understand "the haste with which the majority is pushing this disapproval resolution through. We've had no time to review the bill and no committee has held a hearing or marked it up." In the time it took Cole to say that, he could have just read the resolution.