History gives abundant evidence that they can’t be troubled to read it on their own. Politico, December 14:
As Democrats try to push through a nearly 2,000-page omnibus spending bill, Republican senators are threatening to bog down the floor by forcing Senate clerks to read the full text aloud, a process that could take more than one full day to complete.
“Democrats haven’t given Republicans or the American people time to read the bill, but I’ll join with other Republican colleagues to force them to read it on the Senate floor,” said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).
Such a tactic is rarely employed, but any senator can force a full reading of legislation, which is usually skipped by unanimous consent.
Three cheers for Sen. DeMint and other GOP obstructionists. Stop the runaway train!