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Senate Voted on 154-Page Fiscal Cliff Bill 3 Minutes After Receiving It

Another one of those ‘let’s pass it first and find out what’s in it later’ moments?

Via CNSNews:

The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to approve legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff despite having only 3 minutes to read the 154-page bill and budget score.

Multiple Senate sources have confirmed to that senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013 – a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM.

That amounts to about 1.17 seconds to read each individual page in the bill.  But then, they probably wanted to simply pretend the bill didn’t contain massive amounts of pork in it, by not actually reading it.  Pork such as…

  • $480 million in aid to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for rum production.
  • Tax breaks for individuals who ride electric scooters.
  • $40 million in tax incentives for NASCAR tracks
  • Tax incentive extension for Obama’s Hollywood cronies.
This is our government today – trying to pass things into law in an attempt to keep them hidden from the general public.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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