Rep. Ralph Norman (RS.C.) drew ridicule after complaining to Fox News that he didn’t have enough time to read the 99-page bill that President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House said he didn’t have Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had drafted to suspend the law to limit government debt and curb some spending.
“We should have a lot more time,” Norman grumbled to Fox News’ John Roberts Tuesday after parroting a right-wing talking point about frequent comments from former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). taken out of context.
Norman, who infamously urged former President Donald Trump to declare martial law to bar Joe Biden from taking office in January 2021, also complained that the bill was sent out for consideration over Memorial Day weekend.
“But he gives you 72 hours to think it over before you’re asked to vote on it,” Roberts told Norman.
“It’s only 99 pages,” the Fox host later added.
On twitter. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) scoffed at Norman’s complaint.
“Let’s do some math,” Lieu wrote.
“If Republican Ralph Norman works eight hours a day, that’s 24 hours three days to read 99 pages. This corresponds to reading a little more than 4 pages per hour. And these are double-spaced pages of text,” he continued.
“Alternatively, he can have the AI summarize the bill in a minute,” Lieu added.
However, Norman seemed to have had at least some time over the weekend to digest the bill as he called it “madness” despite his later groans on the conservative channel.
“A $4 trillion increase in the debt ceiling with virtually no cuts is not what we agreed on. I will not vote to bankrupt our country. “The American people deserve better,” he tweeted.