March 5, 2021

Senate braces for ‘God-awful,’ ‘stupid’ session ahead of COVID-19 relief vote | TheHill

Senate braces for 'God-awful,' 'stupid' session ahead of COVID-19 relief vote | TheHill 1

Senators on Friday are bracing for an hours-long marathon session as Democrats race to pass a sweeping coronavirus relief bill. The Senate will start a vote-a-rama, a free-wheeling session where any senator will be able to force a vote on a potential change to the nearly $1.9 trillion bill, at noon.

“This … is a chaotic process to start with, and it’s certainly working out that way,” said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) described the hectic session as “god-awful” and dilatory given that Senate Democrats are expected to have the votes to pass the coronavirus bill — it’s just a question of when.

“It will come to an end. I don't know if it will be one day or five days. … It’s a total waste of time. I wish we could change it,” Durbin said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said a vote-a-rama allows senators to force votes, something they aren’t normally able to do, but added that it was also “stupid.”

Source: Senate braces for ‘God-awful,' ‘stupid' session ahead of COVID-19 relief vote | TheHill

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