Ron Johnson's lazy obstruction exposes the reality of the filibuster

Make them keep 40 senators on the floor constantly

Ron Johnson.
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The Democrats' pandemic relief package is slowly working its way through the Senate. That's no thanks to Republicans, who are uniformly opposed to any policy that would help working Americans and could be seen as a victory for President Biden and his party. By vowing to filibuster any package, they've forced Democrats to use the Senate's reconciliation process, which constrains the measures that can be included.

On Thursday, they took their obstruction to a new level of petty. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) announced he was going to try to gum up the procedure by forcing the entire monster bill to be read aloud. But then, when that was finished and all the exhausted Republicans had left, Democrats quickly gaveled through a change to the rules. The result was the bill actually moved through the Senate procedures somewhat faster on net.

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