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GOP Rep. Perry calls for end to 'vote first, read it later' approach to legislation

Perry called Schumer's alleged remarks the "height of tyranny."

Published: February 22, 2024 7:31pm

Rep. Scott Perry, R-Penn., on Thursday said that the American people deserve to know the contents of the often-thousand-page bills Congress adopts.

During an appearance on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show, he contended that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is "calling anybody that doesn't want to walk in having not read thousands of pages, and just vote for something - he's calling people like that extremist."

"What's extreme is expecting the American people to accept the old Nancy Pelosi policies of 'vote first, read it later' to find out what's in it," he asserted. "Members of Congress deserve dignity and quite honestly, more importantly, the American people deserve the dignity and the respect to know what's in a bill before their members and their representatives are asked to vote on that bill."

"I think it's more of the height of tyranny to expect two people and their staff, that would be Schumer and [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell in Washington, to write a couple thousand page bills that deal with the spending of all the United States of America," he continued. "And then just have members come in and rubber stamp that without reading it."

"[Schumer] thinks we're 'extremists' for wanting more than 3 days to review hundreds of pages of text for these funding bills?" Perry wrote on X. "Here's what's extreme: forcing a bill down the throat of your conference with no transparency and no wins for Americans. They demand & DESERVE more."

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