(A copy of the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,’ a 1,097-page Republican tax bill, including 503 pages of legislative text. Redistributing wealth upwards is complicated!.)
The GOP doesn’t mind huge amounts of paperwork…
They just ignore it. They passed their 500+ page tax scam even though Rand Paul stated “Not one member of the Senate will read this bill before we vote on it.” The GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee managed to ignore all the evidence on the connection between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin and walked away.
Why put on the brakes now?
The GOP suspects that Democrats will actually scrutinize every page on Brett Kavanaugh’s past before his nomination can be sent to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote, which Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley wants to happen prior to the November 6th election. So he’s trying to limit how far they can go. Democrats requested the emails and other papers from Kavanaugh’s time as staff secretary in the Bush administration, which Grassley refused to ask for. Considering that Ryan Bounds was knocked out of contention for a federal bench seat by articles he wrote for his college paper, this exception is arbitrary. Both Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kagan generated substantial volumes of documents accumulated in their previous positions, and both nominees had these documents released as part of their confirmation process. Dianne Feinstein’s message to Grassley: “Your unduly restrictive reading of the law results in one political party having complete control over what records the Senate will be able to see,… a biased denial of document requests to one half of the Committee is unsupported by the law.”