Republicans will paralyze the Senate floor for 50 hours by forcing clerks to read every single paragraph of the 1,924-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.
Senate clerks are expected to read the massive bill in rotating shifts around the clock â€” taking breaks to drink water and pop throat lozenges â€” to keep legislative business on track, according to a Democratic leadership aide.
The bill is so long that it took the Government Printing Office two days to print it.
If Republicans follow through on their threat, legislative business couldnâ€™t resume until late Saturday in order to give the staff enough time to read the bill aloud, according to a Democratic leadership estimate.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), the Senate Republican Steering Committee chairman, vowed not to back down.
â€œIf they bring this up, theyâ€™re going to read it. Itâ€™ll take them a day or two to read it,â€ DeMint said on Fox News. â€œAgain, weâ€™re trying to run out the clock. They should not be able to pass this kind of legislation in a lame-duck Congress.â€
They shouldn’t be able to pass that kind of legislation at all. The GOP has to stall it until the new Congress convenes on January 5th, and Harry Reid has vowed to keep the Senate in session until then. By the way, reading a $1.1 trillion bill in 50 hours is $22 billion worth of reading per hour — pretty impressive!
Obama’s never going to get to Hawaii, is he? Cash-strapped Honolulu ice cream shops were looking forward to an early stimulus, but they’ll have to wait until next year now.
And look who’s a Tea Partier — John McCain. At least he’s walking the talk this time, because McCain has zero earmarks in this bill. If McCain had gone at it with this kind of zeal in his first couple of decades in the Senate, he might be president right now.
You can find out what your share of the $8 billion worth of earmarks are using this calculator.
Footnote: In the name of equal time, I’ve agreed to pass along this rebuttal from Alvin Greene: “Jim DeMint started the recession.”
Update: Who says outraged Americans can’t make a difference?
Democrats controlling the Senate have abandoned a 1,924-page catchall spending measure that’s laced with homestate pet projects known as earmarks and that would have provided another $158 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Nevada Democrat Harry Reid gave up on the nearly $1.3 trillion bill after several Republicans who had been thinking of voting for the bill pulled back their support.
GOP leader Mitch McConnell threw his weight against the bill in recent days, saying it was in his words “unbelievable” that Democrats would try to muscle through in just a few days legislation that usually takes months to debate.
Reid said he would work with McConnell to produce a short-term funding bill to keep the government running into early next year.
I love the smell of cooked pork in the evening.