“We need to get people out of their selfishness,” Pelosi added, speaking of GOP threats to demand a vote instead of allowing the House to clear the package with a simple vote.
Pelosi’s comments come when parliamentary leaders on both sides worry that one or more of their members will try to cause a scene on Friday, demand a quorum decision or a roll call that requires more lawmakers to return to the capital. House leaders hope to be able to present the bill through a vote, which does not require a majority of members to travel to Washington, something they are desperate to avoid.
In an effort to ensure the vote goes smoothly, Pelosi has been in contact with Finance Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) Said he called the rep. Mark Meadows (RN.C.), the incoming White Chief of Staff.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Has made plans for his members ̵
The House Republican leadership is particularly concerned about the intentions of the GOP rope. Tom Massie. Massie drove from Kentucky to be in Washington for the vote and has signaled to management that he may require a recorded speech. The White House is aware of the issue, sources said.
Both McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) Have been in contact with Massie, according to a Republican leadership assistant – but no one is quite sure where he’ll land.
Earlier Thursday, Massie signed that he is still wrestling with his decision. “They’re trying to convince us that it should be a voice vote, it shouldn’t be recorded. And I’m struggling with this,” he said. “I’m having a hard time with this.”
Asked on Thursday whether any legislature would block the bill’s swift passage into the House, Trump responded: “Let’s see if we have a grandstander or not.”
In addition to potential disruptions in the GOP, Pelosi said there was a Democratic member who may be demanding a vote on a massive package call, but she did not call the legislature.
For some Democrats, the main dispute is about the huge $ 150 billion rescue fund for state and local governments as they try to fight the ground crisis. This money can only be allocated to premises with more than 500,000 people – a major concern for lawmakers whose districts may not be eligible for support. The National League of Cities has lobbied legislators to allow cash to flow to all locations with 50,000 or more people.
The $ 2 trillion plus package, which has already been approved by the Senate, will provide immediate relief to workers, small businesses and large industries that are cramped by the crisis.
Later in the conversation, Pelosi strongly urged Democrats not to demand a vote, and told her caucus that it would be “selfish” to require their colleagues to fly and drive in from across the country, potentially jeopardizing everyone’s health.
The House leaders hope to be able to quickly pass the relief package via a vote – allowing members who chose to come to the House to debate and speak their objections without requesting a vote with a call.
But a single member may object in the light of the fact that there is no decision-making – in this case 216 legislators – in the House. A legislator may also demand a vote, something that leaders in both parties are urging.
Some rank-and-file Democrats – Reps. Dan Kildee of Michigan and Gerry Connolly of Virginia – also tried during Thursday’s caucus call to plead with their colleagues not to request a recorded vote during the time of the national crisis. Instead, they called for all legislators who are upset with the legislation to express their objection through Congress.