COVID Relief Bill – Ron Johnson forces read 600-page bill to delay voting

Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) At a committee hearing in Washington, DC on Aug. 6, 2020 (Toni Sandys / Reuters)

Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wisc.) Is reportedly planning to force Senate officials to read out the entire $ 1.9 trillion COVID relief bill in the Senate, potentially delaying the vote by up to 10 hours.

Johnson told News / Talk 1130, a local Wisconsin radio station planning to “get them to read their 600-700-page bill” to ensure “every Senate member has time to read the bill” and “Emphasize that this is not a relief and that this is a democratic boondoggle.”

The delay will be in addition to the 20 hours of debate already allocated for the legislation.

The unanimous approval of all 100 senators is required in order to forego a reading in the Senate. Most bills bypass a unanimous reading to save time.

Senate Republican Whip John Thune (R., SD) said he was told it would be closer to 10 hours.

It will take place at the beginning, before the clocks start, so that it doesn’t go towards 20 hours, but over 20, ”he said.

Johnson said his intention was not to “hurt it” but hoped to highlight “how gross this is and how unnecessary it is”.

Republicans criticized the bill for being too big and wasteful, and were frustrated that the Democrats were using the budget vote to pass the bill without bipartisan support.

“Your bill is about $ 2 trillion. That corresponds roughly to the size of the entire CARES law, which saved our health system and our economy through months of downtime, ”said the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) Said in the Senate.

“Even liberal experts admit this is disproportionate to what is needed now, as vaccines go into arms and the economy is already prepared to roar back,” he said. “Amazingly, the Democrats managed to spend less than 9 percent of their massive bill on the overall health care response and less than 1 percent on the vaccinations that will end this fight.”

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