4 writing lessons from the most politicized typo ever

There’s an embarrassing typo in the latest GOP-sponsored jobs bill and both parties are using it to their advantage. Meanwhile, you can learn important writing tips from the kerfuffle.

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“A version of the bill posted on the House Rules Committee website calls for putting a freeze on significant regulatory actions until the ‘average of monthly employment rates for any quarter … is equal to or less than 6.0 percent.'”

As you can probably imagine, there’s a missing “un” before “employment.”

Democrats said on Wednesday that they won’t OK the easy fix Republicans want so the bill can move forward.

Each side of the aisle is using the issue to take shots at the other.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) quipped to reporters: “I know Republicans read bills. My, my, my how carefully the Republicans read bills.”

Meanwhile, Erica Elliott, spokeswoman for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, said:

“Unemployment in America has been above 8 percent for 41 straight months. The fact that the Democrats are making a crusade out of a typo shows their lack of commitment to serious debate about how to get this country back on track.”

Indeed, this might be the most politicized typo ever.

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