Friday, March 19, 2010

"Read the Bill" marathon finished after 54 hours & 28 minutes

The "Read the Bill" marathon, an around-the-clock reading out loud of the 2,407-page health care bill, was completed Friday afternoon.

A statistical breakdown of the marathon:

• Pages: 2,407
• Time: 2 days, 6 hours, 28 minutes, 32 seconds
• Readers: 110 volunteers, 5 staffers
• Longest shift: 1 hour, 15 min
• Longest pause: 2 minutes, for a computer crash
• Volunteer computers crashed by size of the bill: 6
• Unique IP addresses connected: 5,000+

Volunteer readers called in from every area code in Virginia. Congratulations to the staff of the Republican Party of Virginia for lining up volunteers, staying in the office 24 hours a day since Wednesday, sleeping on air mattresses, and pitching in as needed.

Now ... did all members of Congress also read the bill? If so, how long did it take them to do so?

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