Senate Clerks Begin 10-Hour Reading Of Relief Bill

Axios reports:

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is forcing the Senate clerk to read the entire 628-page bill on the floor, a procedural move that will likely add 10 hours to the 20 hours already allotted for debate. During that time, Republicans will propose amendments — some unrelated to COVID relief — intended to force uncomfortable votes for Democrats, in a practice known as vote-a-rama.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) promised Thursday that the Senate will stay in session “no matter how long it takes” to finish voting on the “American Rescue Plan.” Because the bill is being considered under the budget reconciliation process, it only requires a simple majority to pass, rather than the usual 60-vote Senate threshold for major legislation.

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