UPDATE: President Trump is signing the CARES Act into law.
Happening now in the Oval Office: @realDonaldTrump is about to sign the CARES ACT that protects the American people during this National Emergency. Thanks to President Trump’s aggressive, decisive, bold leadership and historic actions, we will win the war against Coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/v4JJjeQCGh— Hogan Gidley (@hogangidley45) March 27, 2020
I just signed the CARES Act, the single biggest economic relief package in American History – twice as large as any relief bill ever enacted. At $2.2 Trillion Dollars, this bill will deliver urgently-needed relief for our nation’s families, workers, and businesses. #CARESAct???? https://t.co/0WnTNFZPZD— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
“Americans can see that President Trump is out front and leading the country in the battle against the coronavirus. With his signing of the CARES Act, Americans will get the relief they need as they fight through this crisis. President Trump is both protecting the health and safety of our citizens and safeguarding our economy at the same time,” Brad Parscale, Trump 2020 campaign manager, said in a statement.
The CARES Act, the $2 trillion coronavirus emergency relief bill that serves as Phase Three of Congress's coronavirus relief efforts, has passed the House of Representatives. It is the largest stimulus package in U.S. history and aims to provide funding for hospitals and relief for small businesses. The successful vote comes after hours of cantankerous debate, in which one unhinged Democratic representative was ruled "out of order" on the House floor.
Once the measure finally passed, the entire House erupted - in a positive way.
WOW and just like that, the motion is adopted.— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) March 27, 2020
Entire House on its feet.
Have not seen unity like this on a major,tough bill in a long long time.
The monumental vote was emphasized by the following photo. It's not often we see scenes like this.
A rare bipartisan event in the House: Pelosi and McCarthy at the same event for an enrollment ceremony of the $2T stimulus bill pic.twitter.com/jfqWWieDwE— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 27, 2020
Part of that hostile debate we mentioned earlier had to do with Rep. Thomas Massie's (R-KY) threat that he would demand a roll call vote. Several lawmakers had to hop on red eyes Thursday night to come back to D.C. just in case and sarcastically thanked their colleague for it. Even President Trump shamed Massie for his grandstanding on Twitter. But Massie was blocked after Steny Hoyer demonstrated that they had a quorum to pass the bill.
Massie asks for recorded vote. But not enough people rose to be counted. That blocked Massie. House passes bill without a roll call vote— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 27, 2020
Still, Massie complained after the vote that leaders Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy didn't even give him a minute to speak in the 4-hour debate. He called it a "cover up."
But both sides of the aisle are cheering the successful bill, which will now send targeted relief to the American worker.
GOOD NEWS FOR AMERICA!— Rep. Kevin Brady (@RepKevinBrady) March 27, 2020
The House just voted to pass phase 3 of the COVID-19 response plan.
The American people, workers & the economy will now have the support they deserve.
A lot of people are asking what the most important things in The CARES Act are:— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) March 27, 2020
?$560 billion for individuals and families
?$350 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses
?$339.8 billion for state & local governments fighting the pandemic#InItTogether
The House just passed the #CARESAct to address the #coronavirus pandemic.— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) March 27, 2020
America is a resilient nation.
We defeated the Great Depression. We defeated Nazi Germany. We defeated Jim Crow.
We will defeat #COVID19 as well #FlattenTheCurve #ForThePeople. pic.twitter.com/tCpHKMslB7
The House just PASSED this bipartisan bill to aid in our nation's #coronavirus response. I'm proud of this win, I urge the president to sign the CARES Act into law and I will keep doing all I can to fight #ForThePeople as we address this crisis together. https://t.co/cyk91pFcEb— Rep. Salud Carbajal (@RepCarbajal) March 27, 2020
The debate in the Senate over the CARES Act had been just as nasty, thanks in large part to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's laundry list of liberal demands. But in the end they too managed to pass it in flying colors. The vote was unanimous, 96-0.