Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin forced the Senate floor staff to read the entire coronavirus relief bill in order to take up to 10 hours and delay a vote on the legislation. Majority Leader Schumer brought the 628-page bill to the floor on Thursday.
The Senate typically waives the full reading of bills or amendments but Johnson had promised to force the floor staff to read it instead. Johnson was sitting on the floor as the Senate staff started their reading, but he left shortly after once a GOP replacement had been found. Sen. Bernie Sanders was overheard joking “I want to stay to hear the reading. I may have missed something… Good thing we have time during a national emergency to do this.”
“We are delighted that the Senator from Wisconsin wants to give the American people another opportunity to hear what’s in the American Rescue Plan. We Democrats want America to hear what’s in the plan. And if the senator from Wisconsin wants to read it, let everybody listen because it has overwhelming support,” Schumer said.