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Read a Bill Before You Vote on It

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Read a Bill Before You Vote on It

To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate

Petition Statement

Congress must ensure enough time for every senator to actually read a bill before forcing a vote.
There are currently 14,626 signatures. NEW goal - We need 15,000 signatures!

Petition Background

Around 8 p.m. on Friday evening, senators were given a 429 page bill and told they'd vote within hours. That's not enough time to consider legislation. Heck, it's not even enough time to read it.

If each page contained 350 words, that would make the bill 150,150 words long . The average reader can read 200 words per minute (with 60% comprehension).[1] That means if senators began reading the moment they got the bill, it would take them 750.75 minutes to read in its entirety—or 12.5125 hours.

That assumes they don't debate. Don't sleep. Don't take breaks to tweet. And definitely don't stop to consider, research, or reflect.

Maybe we're OK with 60% comprehension. Maybe we're OK with senators choosing not to read the entire bill. But at least they should be given the chance.

Tell Congress: Make it a requirement to have enough time to read bills before you vote on them.

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