Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says he's fed up.
The freshman from Wisconsin, who knocked off progressive stalwart Russell Feingold in last year's election, said Tuesday that he would stage a procedural protest on the Senate floor until the Democratic leadership puts forth a 2012 budget.
“So unless we receive some assurance from the Democrat leadership that we will actually start addressing our budget out in the open, in the bright light of day, I will begin to object. I will begin to withhold my consent," Johnson, a businessman from Oskosh, Wis., said on the Senate floor Tuesday.
“The Senate needs to pass a budget. It shouldn't be that difficult," he said.
By withholding his consent, Johnson can prevent routine procedures, such as quorum calls, from going forward, essentially paralyzing the floor. Democratic leaders late Tuesday used a procedure to force all senators to come to the floor to override, temporarily at least, Johnson's move and allow the Senate to move forward.