DC Acts to Provide Additional Funds to PPP and Hospitals
This afternoon the bipartisan leaders of Congress and the White House agreed to Phase 4 legislation in the nation's effort to deal with the coronavirus crisis. The legislation is expected to pass the Senate today under a Unanimous Consent (UC) agreement and will then be sent to the House. As with Phase 3 a small group of conservative Republicans are insisting on a vote and will object to passage under a UC agreement. There are also reports that some of the progressive Democrats may object to the bill, but a huge bipartisan majority will vote to pass the bill in the House.
When Representative Massie demanded a vote on the Phase 3 legislation he announced that he objected to the UC, and made a point of order that a quorum, 50% + 1 of the House was not in attendance and exercised his parliamentary right to demand a quorum. Both Republican and Democratic leaders worked very diligently to get 218 Members to DC to create a quorum and met the parliamentary rule to consider a bill. Under the rules of the House a Member can demand a roll call vote but since many members didn't make it back to DC the leaders wanted a voice vote. To get a voice vote one-fifth of the members (44) must agree and the leadership persuaded all but a few members to stay seated so that 44 members didn't ask for a recorded roll call vote, and Phase 3 passed with a quorum, but on a voice vote. I anticipate the same will happen on Thursday when the House passes today's compromise,
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