Updated: Mar 11, 2022
The House passed a $1.5 trillion spending bill on Wednesday, funding everything from the Pentagon to Ukraine relief.
But to really see where all the money will be spent might take a while given that the bill is 2,471 pages long.
You read that right. 2,741 pages.
How did anyone have time to read this thing?
For example, Moby Dick is only 387 pages. It would take an estimated 6 hours and 18 minutes to read it.
How many famous works of literature have less pages than this spending bill? James Joyce's classic Ulysses is 672 pages long. It would take about 11 hours to read it. Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is a pretty long book, but less than half of the spending bill at 1,088 words. It would take about 18 hours to read it. Les Miserables is even longer, at 1,232 pages. That's STILL less than half of this massive bill. Tolstoy's War and Peace seems like the quintessential long novel, right? It is. But at a mere 1,296 words, it doesn't hold a candle to the length of this spending legislation.
Let's go all the way with this: How long is The Bible?
1,504 pages. That's right. Our lawmakers just passed a spending bill longer than the Bible.
New rule: Not only should politicians who don't read bills get votes, those who vote for legislation longer than the Bible - because you KNOW they didn't read it - shouldn't be supported either.
But that's what just happened. Just another day in Washington.