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GOP's Coburn Plans to 'Read' Healthcare Bill

Monday, 16 Nov 2009 09:11 PM

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., vowed Monday to read the entire Senate heathcare bill on the chamber floor — an act that would take days, considering the bill’s 1,000-plus size.

“The American people are going to get to hear this bill read, period,” Coburn told reporters Monday night.

It would take the Senate clerk several days to read the entire thing.

One senior Senate Democratic aide told Roll Call that Republicans will be expected to man the floor the entire time if they want the bill read aloud.

If they fail to do that, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid might ask unanimous consent to dispense with the reading, Roll Call reported. Such requests routinely are granted in the Senate.

Coburn said he would also block other legislative shortcuts that Reid might seek to employ. For example, he said he would require the Senate to use up the entire 30-hour debate period called for after a filibuster has been broken.

Republicans plan to try to filibuster the motion to proceed to the health care measure, but Democrats say they think they will be able to rally all 60 Members of their caucus to produce the three-fifths vote needed to block the gambit.

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