We're well aware, at this point, that the House Republican strategy for opposing the Waxman-Markey climate change bill is to make the legislative process take a very, very long time
. That means heaps and heaps of irrelevant amendments, written by congressmen who warn of "Global Warming Gestapo
." But so far they have eschewed a maneuver that would force the Democrats to read the bill aloud. All 900-plus pages of it.
In case the GOP decides to change course, though, Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats are prepared. With a speed reader
According to the Wall Street Journal
, the new temp thinks he can plow through about one page every 34 seconds--a pretty impressive clip considering the nature of the reading material
. And it means the entire stunt would only last about nine hours--significantly less than it would take if the committee's clerks were forced to do the job.
Ladies and gentlemen, your United States Congress.