House to vote on relief bill


The US Capitol is reflected in a standby ambulance on March 27, 2020, in Washington, DC.

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House members are scrambling back to the Capitol on Friday morning as one member’s opposition to a $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package is set to delay its passage. 

With few representatives in Washington this week as the outbreak tears across the country, House leaders hoped to approve the legislation quickly Friday by voice vote — which simply decides whether shouted yeas or nays from members present are louder. But Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said he plans to force a typical recorded vote, which could hold up passage for hours as the House needs a quorum of 216 representatives present. 

Shortly before the GOP representative’s expected request, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s office encouraged lawmakers present to come to the House chamber and remain seated when Massie asks for a recorded vote. If one-fifth of members join him, the House will take a voice vote rather than a full tally.

In a series of tweets announcing his plan to request a recorded vote, Massie contended the unprecedented rescue measure spends too much taxpayer money, criticizing Democrats for pushing for changes this week rather than approving an earlier version of the legislation. 

On Thursday, facing the prospect of the aid’s approval getting pushed to Saturday, Hoyer’s office encouraged lawmakers to come back to Washington “with caution” if they are “able and willing” to…


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