Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the chamber will remain in session until lawmakers pass a $1.9 trillion spending package.
Senate lawmakers will begin voting Friday afternoon on a barrage of GOP amendments to the legislation that could drag on for hours. Debate commenced at 9 a.m., following the nearly 11-hour reading of the 628-page measure. Republicans forced the Senate clerks to read the entire bill as part of a protest against the cost and scope of the bill, which they said is mostly wasteful and unrelated to the pandemic it aims to address.
Schumer, a New York Democrat, thanked the team of clerks. who read the bill beginning around