UPDATE: President Trump had a message for Rep. Massie too.
Looks like a third rate Grandstander named @RepThomasMassie, a Congressman from, unfortunately, a truly GREAT State, Kentucky, wants to vote against the new Save Our Workers Bill in Congress. He just wants the publicity. He can’t stop it, only delay, which is both dangerous......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
...& costly. Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive. Virus wasn’t their fault. It is “HELL” dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the “big picture” done. 90% GREAT! WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican Party!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) was none too pleased with his colleague Thomas Massie (R-KY) for threatening to demand a recorded vote on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill on Friday. Because that meant he had to hop on a red eye flight last night and race back to Washington. The vote could fail if at least 216 members don’t show up to vote on the floor. Gallego "thanked" the Kentucky Republican right before he hopped on the plane.
That sentiment was shared by his fellow lawmakers.
Dear @RepThomasMassie: If you intend to delay passage of the #coronavirus relief bill tomorrow morning, please advise your 428 colleagues RIGHT NOW so we can book flights and expend ~$200,000 in taxpayer money to counter your principled but terribly misguided stunt. #thankyou— Rep. Dean Phillips (@RepDeanPhillips) March 26, 2020
"Taking a red eye tonight," Rep. Gil Cisneros (D-CA) added. "The American people, small businesses, and our healthcare workers need relief now."
The relief bill, Phase Three of Congress's coronavirus relief effort, passed the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 96-0, a pretty astounding accomplishment after several days of contentious debate. Much of the disagreement was regarding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's liberal wish list. The speaker came back to Washington last Sunday to demand new environmental measures be added into the bill, as well as millions of dollars in funding for D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The bill was supposed to be centered on targeted relief for individuals and businesses in financial straits because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The House is currently in session debating the relief bill.