Republican Senator Requires Clerk to Read 767-Page Amendment to Health Care Bill Aloud

December 16, 2009 - 1:45 PM
The Senate is in health care gridlock after a Republican senator forced the clerk to read aloud a 767-page amendment.

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., talks to reporters after his prescription drug re-importation amendment failed on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Washington (AP) - The Senate is in health care gridlock after a Republican senator forced the clerk to read aloud a 767-page amendment.
 
GOP Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma had sought approval to require that any amendment considered by the Senate must be offered 72 hours in advance and with a full cost report.
 
When he was rebuffed by Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, Coburn invoked his right to require that an amendment by another Democrat be read aloud. That sent the Senate into limbo, since the amendment by Vermont Democrat Bernie Sanders is 767 pages long.
 
It's unclear how long the procedural standoff will continue. Democrats are struggling to pass their bill by Christmas.