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Immigration bill a hefty read? Not with pages like this

We’re been hearing much concern lately about the number of pages in the immigration bill and in an amendment to it authored by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.).

We thought it might be a good time for a little reminder about official bill text: it ain’t like regular pages, people. The margins are huge. There are far fewer words per page of legislation than on those of your average novel.

It’s the equivalent of those large-ruled sheets kids write on to practice their penmanship (or used to, back when such things mattered).

The Hoeven-Corker measure is actually 114 pages; the whole bill is about 1,200. The Loop noted a while back that the then 800-page immigration bill was, in fact, a lighter read than most Harry Potter books. And our pal the Fact Checker roundly smacked down the idea that no one’s had the chance to read the entire darned thing.

To help folks visualize it, here’s the first page of the Corker-Hoeven amendment to give readers a flavor of how light on actual words a page of legislation actually is:

Pretty breezy, even by standards of summer beach reads.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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