Rick Scott hails ‘read the bill’ stall of bailout vote

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Republicans don't have the votes, but they can stall.

Senate Republicans don’t have the votes to kill the $1.9 trillion virus bailout bill, but they can play a game of stall ball to slow it down.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott went on record Thursday saying he fully supported efforts led by Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, to delay a vote by having the bill read in full on the Senate floor.

The statement from the first-term Republican’s office juxtaposed Scott’s trademark deadpan sense of humor with a larger contention that Democrats are hiding key spending provisions in the proposal.

“Of course Democrats are complaining that Republicans want to read the bill. They don’t want anyone to know what’s actually in it. Democrats even blocked my resolution yesterday, which simply requested information from the Biden Administration on the nearly $1 trillion in unspent COVID money from previous packages. They don’t support transparency at all,” Scott lamented.

“I suppose it makes sense. I would be ashamed too if I was trying to mislead the American people and rush a bill that devotes less than 10% of its funding to actually fighting COVID-19. For [Democrats], the more Americans are kept in the dark, the better,” Scott contended.

“I fully support the reading of this bill in its entirety on the Senate floor, and I thank Senator Ron Johnson for his efforts. Members of Congress have an obligation to read every bill they vote on,” Scott said, highlighting his own measure to ensure members “read the bill” along the way.

Scott’s colleague from Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio, is equally emphatic in objecting to the bailout package, saying he wouldn’t be “punked” into voting for the payout.

“I’m not going to get punked into voting for a bill that helps Pelosi bail out California, that helps Schumer bail out the predator Governor of New York,” Rubio said in a Twitter video, referring colloquially to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, facing serial accusations of sexual harassment from former staffers and associates.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Gabby Gal

    March 4, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Do Rick Scott and Marco Rubio actually listen to anything that comes out of their own hypocritical mouths?

    “They don’t support transparency at all,” Scott lamented.

    You mean like the “transparency” that Trump–Rick Scott’s owner–showed when he denied the fact that coronavirus was actually deadly, while claiming in public it was a “democrat hoax?”

    “I’m not going to get punked into voting for a bill that helps Pelosi bail out California, that helps Schumer bail out the predator Governor of New York,” Rubio said in a Twitter video.

    Oh, Miss Marco, you are the definition of a punk. Speaking of such, care to tell us about that late night in the 90s when cops caught you in an empty park with a dude? The police report seems to have mysteriously vanished, according to multiple media reports.

    And did he actually use the word “predator” when he spent years kissing the ass of the nation’s top predator?

    These people are all insane and totally full of shit.

  • Ocean Joe

    March 4, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Let’s hope Rick and Marco will pay attention while the bill is read instead of playing on their phones like they did during the two impeachment hearings. Had Trump responded to covid instead of playing to his fans who wouldn’t wear a mask the results were far worse than they had to be.
    Rick, pay careful attention and learn how leaders respond to mass unemployment…they don’t throw up roadblocks, they try to help.

  • Dorine

    March 7, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Congress should read EVERY bill out loud and in full.. EVERY TIME. Maybe we’d have better bills if they knew the whole thing was going to be read aloud in full.

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