WASHINGTON – In a speech on the Senate floor, Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, pledged to slow down the $1.9 trillion Co-Vid relief package. Too expensive he said. The bill already passed the House and seemed likely to pass the Senate albeit narrowly. In a petty gesture of defiance, Johnson said he would employ a parliamentary tactic to delay a vote — require that the bill be read out loud on the Senate floor in its entirety, all 500-plus pages.  Johnson also promised an endless stream of amendments to clog up the process. In the bill is a provision to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, which especially rankles Johnson.

Johnson. An Oskosh industrialist who made his fortune in plastics medical packaging. His net worth has been estimated at $78 million.