GOP Sen. Johnson Delays COVID Relief Bill by Forcing All 628 Pages Be Read Out Loud 1

A Republican senator on Thursday severely delayed the passage of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package by forcing the entire 628-page bill to be read out loud, NBC News reports.

In protest of the bill, which had been expected to pass after a marathon round of votes overnight Thursday, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., objected to waiving the reading of the legislation.

Two Senate clerks — John Merlino and Mary Anne Clarkson — are expected to take shifts reading the bill. The effort, which began at around 3:30 p.m., could last over 15 hours before lawmakers actually begin debating the provisions in the legislation.

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