The $1 trillion infrastructure bill that the Senate approved on Aug 10, 2021 was 2,701 pages long. As a point of reference, most Bibles are roughly a 1,000 pages. And before it passed in a 69-to-30 vote, Fox New’s Larry Kudlow was wondering how many senators would fully read the legislation before voting.
And, if legislation written by Tom Moore, Jr in 1971 is any indication, probably none of the senators did.
Moore served as a Democrat member of the Texas House of Representatives between 1967 and 1973. One of his chronic complaints is that members of the House were not reading the legislation that they were approving.
And to prove his point, Moore introduced legislation on April 1, 1971 commending Albert de Salvo. Nobody even picked up on the fact it was introduced on April’s Fool’s Day.
The bill was passed unanimously by the House.
Like all the members of the Texas House of Representative, you are probably not familiar with the name Albert de Salvo, but you are undoubtedly familiar with the name the media gave the man who murdered 13 women in Boston during the 1960s, the Boston Strangler.
In his legislation, Moore included this paragraph:
“This compassionate gentleman’s dedication and devotion to his work has enabled the weak and the lonely throughout the nation to achieve and maintain a new degree of concern for their future. He has been officially recognized by the state of Massachusetts for his noted activities and unconventional techniques involving population control and applied psychology.”
After exposing the fact, the Texas Reps never even bothered to read the bill before approving it, Moore withdrew the legislation.
A US Senator’s starting salary is $174,000 plus benefits and allowances, and perhaps the most important part of their job is reading and approving legislation.
Concerning the trillion dollar infrastructure Bill, Kudlow did go through it and noted a few things, such as:
For example, the bill authorizes grant recipients to use the federal money for conducting an equity assessment by mapping tree canopy gaps, flood prone locations and urban heat island hot spots as compared to pedestrian walkways…and their impact on low-income communities and disadvantaged communities.