By Pete Kasperowicz - 12/16/11 06:11 PM EST
“I rise in strong support of this bill, and I urge my colleagues to support this piece of legislation,” he said. “None of them have read it.”
He quickly acknowledged that House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) had read the bill, and that ranking member Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) had probably read it as well. But he said that despite his support for the bill, he is not a fan of the process Republicans used to bring the bill forward so quickly, and at the last minute, for passage.
“Had I as majority leader brought that bill that sits on that floor, 1,207 pages, within the last 24 hours to the floor, I think the response from that side of the aisle would have been harsh, accusatory and not helpful,” said Hoyer, who was the lower chamber’s majority leader from 2007 until the GOP majority took over this year.