As the lame duck session of Congress draws to an end, Senate Democrats have proposed a massive, last minute 'catch all' bill before ceding power in the new Congress next year.
But, Republicans claim none of them even know what's in the nearly 2000 page bill that will cost a half billion dollars per page.
Republicans will paralyze the Senate floor for 50 hours by forcing clerks to read every single paragraph of the 1,924-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.
Senate clerks are expected to read the massive bill in rotating shifts around the clock — taking breaks to drink water and pop throat lozenges — to keep legislative business on track, according to a Democratic leadership aide.
The bill would fund the budget which expires this weekend. Republicans want to pass a 'continuing resolution' that would extend the current budget into February and give lawmakers time to put together something smaller and more reasonable.
Imagine, reading a bill before passage...that's certainly novel.
Will go with the one page short term 'C-R.'
Reid, in announcing his decision, lashed out, saying that he had the support of the nine GOP senators needed to pass the measure, but suddenly that support evaporated.
"This action taken by my friends on other side of aisle going to cause people to lose their job," Reid said.
McConnell gave a different interpretation.
"He doesn't have the votes," McConnell said. "And the reason he doesn't have the votes is because members on this side of the aisle increasingly felt concerned about the way we do business."