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  •  I was not embarrassed at all (4.00)
    The Patriot Act was passed whem Members of the House and Senate were literally locked out of their offices because of the letters laced with anthrax mailed to Senators Daschle and Leahy.  There was little access to office resources, like photocopiers.  The Republicans provided one copy of the bill, more than one hundred pages long, for every House Democrat not long before the debate began.

    I didn't read the bill, I wasn't sure of all of what was in it (though I knew there were several bad things) so I voted against it.  To me, that was the responsible thing to do.

    More generally, I was being honest.  Every single day the House of Representatives passes legislation with pages numbering in the hundreds or thousands.  Frequently, the Republican leadership changes the bills moments or hours before they are considered.  No one person could read that much legislation.  It is simply impossible.  Anyone who says otherwise is not being candid.

    •  Anyone read the RS article on this? (none)
      Matt Taibbi spent a month following Bernie Sanders around, and describes in up close and depressing detail how this process (doesn't) work.  

      Personally, I think there should be a rule against this sort of thing.  If one is not given enough time to read through legislation -- regardless of its import but especially in such a situation as the PATRIOT Act -- it should not be brought to the floor.  But then, I also think there should be a rule against inserting tangential measures into bills without prior notification and approval -- as was done with ANWR in the latest appropriations bill.  

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