Sen. Ron Johnson pledges to delay vote on COVID relief package

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is pledging to slow down the COVID relief package.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Johnson outlined his concerns about the cost of the bill.

"These are astonishing sums that we’re talking about and the majority party here wants to jam this through, through a reconciliation process, no consultation with our side. Just blow it through here, twenty hours of debate, a voterama, pass $1.9 trillion in spending, and go home. Having no consideration whatsoever of that fact that we are mortgaging our children’s future. At some point and time there will be a day of reckoning, a debt crisis, and it won’t be pretty," he said. "My suggestion: At least, while we’re considering this, let’s have a debate. Let’s have a discussion. Let’s consider the amendments. Let’s not do this in 20, 24, 30 hours. Let’s take the time to seriously consider what we are doing to our children.”

The Republican promised Wednesday to force a full reading of the bill.

He said that reading the entirety of the document would likely take up to 10 hours.

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