The omnibus oligarchy

Congress is closing out 2020 with another omnibus bill, this one valued north of $2 trillion and including a second, smaller round of pandemic relief checks and … well, who really knows? The legislation is almost 5,600 pages long. I haven’t read it. I’d be surprised if any single person is aware of all its contents. It’s the sort of bill where the public (and many members of Congress) will still be learning about its contents months hence.

Indeed, the vast majority of legislators saw the bill mere hours before they had to vote on it. “Congress is expected to vote on the second largest bill in U.S.



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