Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) is going to force Democrats’ entire, pork-laden so-called “COVID relief” bill to be read aloud in the Senate before it’s voted on – and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) thinks that’s such a great idea that all bills should be read aloud in Congress so Americans can know what’s in them.
“Every single bill should be read aloud so the public can hear very clearly what’s in it,” Rep. Boebert tweeted Wednesday in response to news that Sen. Johnson will require the full bill to be read aloud. “Joe Biden thinks many people are too dumb to get on the internet, so by his racist standards no one should be expected to read bills online,” Boebert added.
Sen. Johnson announced his plan in a tweet Wednesday, joining a number of Republicans trying to inform Americans that only a tiny fraction of the bill’s $1.9 trillion would go to actual COVID relief:
“Since more than 90% of this ‘COVID relief’ bill is not even related to COVID, I think we need a full reading of the bill. Yes, it could take 10 hours but the American people deserve to know what's in it.”
In a Tuesday tweet, Rep. Boebert echoed Johnson’s warning that Americans are being misled by Democrats’ claims about the bill:
“What do you call a bill that has 9% COVID-19 relief and 91% wasteful liberal spending? Certainly not a COVID-19 relief bill.”
“I’m going to make them read that thing. It will probably take about 10 hours,” Johnson said, according to a report by The Washington Examiner listing a sampling of non-COVID spending in the bill:
“The bill is more than 500 pages long and includes funding for public schools, vaccines, small businesses, and another round of stimulus checks. It also includes $400 in enhanced weekly jobless pay extended until the end of August.”
Bill-reading before a Senate vote is traditionally avoided by unanimous agreement – but, if even one senator objects to the motion, as Sen. Johnson intends to, law requires that the entire bill must be read aloud.
"I just feel sorry for the reading clerk," said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) said.