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. Catherine Garcia
Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he didn't read the entire text of the Republicans' revised American Health Care Act bill before voting in favor of it, but it's fine because his staff members picked up the slack.
Rep. Chris Collins: "I understand this bill in its entirety, Wolf, without pouring through every word" https://t.co/tvoBXXHMcS
The language in the bill, including two new amendments, was made available only within the past 24 hours, and Blitzer asked Collins if he was able to "actually sit down" and read it all before Thursday morning's vote. "I will fully admit, Wolf, I did not, but I can also assure you my staff did," Collins responded. "We have to rely on our staff." Blitzer pressed on, telling Collins that the legislation affects the economy and "millions and millions of Americans," and asking if he thought it was "important" for him to take his time with the text.
"You know, I have to rely on my staff and I can probably tell you that I read every word and I wouldn't be telling you the truth, nor would any other member," Collins said. "We rely on our staff and we rely on our committees and I'm comfortable that I understand this bill in its entirety without poring through every word. I'm just being quite honest, that's the way it is." Collins did not reveal if he read the parts that let states decide if rape is a pre-existing condition,cut funding for special-needs students, and make steep and structural cuts to Medicaid, or if he left those sections to his staff. Catherine Garcia