I’m not sure what Republicans in the Senate can do to stop the Ominibus Monstrosity since there appear to be several Republicans likely to vote for the bill (Collins, Bond, Bennett, Voinivich). Regardless, the Republican leadership and membership should do anything and everything to stop the bill from passing.
Jim DeMint is signaling that he will insist on a reading of the bill. He should stick to his guns on this, even if as with New START, Democrats agree to an equivalent time delay.
According to The Hill, DeMint is on track:
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 is so long that it took the Government Printing Office two days to print it.
The Senate is currently debating the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty. It is expected to take up the omnibus spending bill on a separate and parallel track later Thursday.
If Republicans follow through on their threat, legislative business couldn’t resume until late Saturday in order to give the staff enough time to read the bill aloud, according to a Democratic leadership estimate.
Don’t back down. When it comes to Omnibus and Harry Reid’s other last fits of damage to the country, give not one inch, or minute.
Make the Democrats and Obama fight to pass the Omnibus Monstrosity, and make them own it.
Update: Add Thad Cochran (R-Miss) and Lisa Murkowski (R-YouKnowWhere) to possible Republican votes in favor of the Omnibus.