Rep. Ron Johnson Objects To Skipping Reading Of 600-Page COVID-19 Relief Bill In Senate

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Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin objected to skipping past the reading of the $1.9 trillion spending bill and the reading went forward Thursday.

It is expected to take approximately 10 hours for the Senate clerks to read through the entire bill, which consisted of over 600 pages.

“If they’re going to add nearly $2T to the national debt at least we should know what’s in the bill,” Johnson tweeted.

Johnson said he wanted to make sure “every member of the Senate has time to read” the bill and wanted to “highlight that this is not relief and that it’s a Democratic boondoggle,” according to the National Review.  (RELATED: ‘Like Calling Harvey Weinstein A Feminist’: Sen. Kennedy Says Biden’s Stimulus Bill Has Little To Do With COVID-19)

Johnson further stated on the local Wisconsin radio station that the reading of the bill would add to the 20 hours of debate already allotted. Waiving the reading of the bill requires an unanimous vote, according to the National Review.

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 25: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) delivers opening remarks during a hearing about the recent OPM data breach in the dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Office of Personnel Management Director Kathrine Archuleta said that the recent report that 18 million current, former government employees and people who applied for jobs had their personal data stolen is not confirmed and that only 4.2 million records had been breached. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The bill proposed funding for local and state governments, new stimulus checks, unemployment relief, and increased vaccine distribution. However, many Republicans disagreed with the President Joe Biden’s new COVID-19 relief bill, which passed in the House on Feb. 27.

“Amazingly, Democrats managed to allocate less than 9 percent of their massive bill to the entire healthcare response, and less than 1 percent to the vaccinations that will finish this fight.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, according to the National Review. 

Some Democrats also expressed their concerns about the pandemic relief bill, but for different reasons. Sen. Joe Machin of West Virginia wanted unemployment benefits to be modified from $300 per week to $400, according to Politico.