Senate Democrats are poised to work long nights and weekends to push President Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation, determined to survive an onslaught of expected Republican delay tactics.
Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, is threatening to have Senate secretaries read the entire bill aloud, which could consume about 10 hours of time. And Republicans are poised to offer a series of amendments to force Democrats to cast painful votes during the so-called “branch vote.”
Democrats, however, say they will cheer up on the coffee and cheer up on what they say is widespread support for the legislation by the American people to get through the long-awaited nights.
“They can keep us up all night,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan. “They can hold us until Sunday, it doesn’t matter. We’re going to keep drinking coffee and doing this.”
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There is 20 hours of debate allotted for coronavirus legislation, and then the marathon voting session on amendments will begin where Republicans can offer unlimited proposals and force Democrats to take politically difficult votes on everything from abortion to border security. .
Senate Republicans plan to unleash a “maximum pressure, maximum exposure” strategy as Democrats try to push the bill through, according to Stephen Bradford, a spokesman for the Senate Republican Conference.
Force the reading of each amendment and the legislative text will not count against the debate time and will only consume more time on the weekend.
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Senate Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., called on Johnson and Republicans willing to go to “some pretty ridiculous extremes” to oppose a bill that is popular with the public.
He said Democrats are “delighted” that Johnson wants to give the American people a chance to hear what’s in the bill because there is “overwhelming support” for direct stimulus controls, unemployment insurance, food aid, aid. for rental, vaccine distribution and resources for schools and local governments.
He said giving Senate secretaries “sore throats” still won’t stop the bill from passing.
“No matter how long it takes, the Senate will stay in session to finish the bill this week,” Schumer said Thursday. “The American people deserve no less.”
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Republican senators have overwhelmingly criticized the $ 1.9 trillion bill as a liberal wish list that has little to do with the coronavirus.
Johnson said he feels bad for employees who will have to read the entire bill on the floor, but said it’s important to expose the massive overspending that will burden future generations with more debt.
“All I’m trying to do is make this a more deliberative process [and] obviously sheds light on this abusive and obscene amount of money, “Johnson said Thursday.
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The House has already passed its coronavirus relief legislation, which included a $ 15 minimum wage that was stripped in the Senate. Senate Democrats are also making changes to the state and local aid bill, reducing eligibility for stimulus checks, adding aid funds for tourism losses and other problems.
Any bill passed by the Senate would have to go back to the House for approval before going to Biden’s desk for his signature.