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The U.S. House of Representatives stormed to meet on Friday morning to deliver a historic $ 2.2tn stimulus package that was developed to support a US economy curled by the spread of coronavirus. [19659004LawmakersvildiskuteretiltaketitretimerførenavstemningihusetsetasjePakkeninkludererengangssjekk"helicoptermoney"påopptil$1
The bill, which passed the Republican-controlled Senate by 96-0 vote earlier this week, is expected to be approved by the Democratic-controlled house, before it was sent to President Donald Trump to be signed into law.
But voting in the house can prove complicated. A handful of lawmakers have threatened to object to the bill, or force a "roll call" vote, which will require every member of Congress to appear on the floor of the House to vote. Before Friday, the house had been in recess for almost two weeks amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus.
Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, had originally planned to pass the bill with "unanimous consent", which allows for quick approval as long as no members object. Such a maneuver would prevent lawmakers from having to rush back to Washington.
Two House members – Ben McAdams, a Utah Democrat, and Mario Díaz-Balart, a Florida Republican – have tested positive for Covid-19, while others have been isolated on the advice of their doctors.
Many have also raised concerns that the US capital, where lawmakers and staff spend long hours in close quarters, could be a hotspot to spread the virus. A large portion of lawmakers in both the House and Senate are over 65, putting them at higher risk of serious illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After lawmakers from both parties raised questions about the rescue bill on Thursday, Pelosi said a "vote" would be held, with members shouting "aye" or "no" so politicians can register dissatisfaction without to force all 435 House members to return to Washington.
But Steny Hoyer, Democratic House majority leader, informed members late Thursday that "it is possible this measure will not pass by ballot," after Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican, said he would vote against the bill and suggested that he could demand a "caller," which requires that a quorum of the members of the house be in the chamber.
Hr. Hoyer said members should "follow their state and local health care guidance" and return to Washington "with caution" if y were "capable and willing."
Democrats and Republicans expressed their displeasure as they scrambled to return to Washington.
in House, ”Peter King, a Republican congressman from New York, said on Twitter. “Danger of infection and danger of legislation being delayed. Disgraceful. Irresponsible. "
Trump also weighed in, calling Massie a" third-state grandstand "and suggesting he was" thrown out "by the Republican Party.
"He just wants the advertising," Trump said on Twitter on Friday morning. "He can't stop it, just postpone, which is both dangerous and costly. Workers and small businesses need money now to survive."