In the early hours of Wednesday morning, news broke that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer struck a deal to finally push the Wuhan coronavirus relief bill through. On Sunday night, the legislation was nearly finalized when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flew back into town after a week in California and blew up the process by demanding a far-left and unrelated wish list be included in the bill.
Now, after days of wasted time and additional work, Pelosi has indicated the House won't vote on the Senate bill today.
House was in this morning at 10 a.m. and 42 seconds. Out at 10:02 and 37 seconds— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) March 25, 2020
No business of note. No resignations, etc.
Back in tomorrow at 11 a.m.
To be abundantly, 100% clear: This means the House is not likely to vote on the Senate’s coronavirus bill today. https://t.co/nl71PF1jLn— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) March 25, 2020
Looks like the House will not vote on the Coronavirus package today? https://t.co/tKzjjpQKsp— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) March 25, 2020
House Democrats couldn't put more than 115 seconds into their work day today? Thank God these people aren't staffing our hospitals. https://t.co/UlUWR6WgRJ— John Ashbrook (@JohnAshbrook) March 25, 2020
Further, Pelosi may ask for additional adjustments to the bill. This will eat up even more valuable time as businesses close and millions of Americans lose their jobs.
Pelosi doesn’t commit to Senate coronavirus bill: “House Democrats will now review the final provisions and legislative text of the agreement to determine a course of action.”— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 25, 2020
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the legislation sometime Wednesday afternoon. When the House will vote is still unknown.
Senate back at noon et. Unclear when it will pass coronavirus bill or by what method. Unanimous consent? Roll call vote? Dems say they won’t object— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 25, 2020