Capitol Hill has seen an intense week of partisan gridlock, centered around debate over the COVID-19 emergency relief package. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) delivered a much-needed measure of optimism on the floor of the House of Representatives, as colleagues on both sides of the aisle delayed the passage of a much-needed economic package:
“All of us, Mr. Speaker, are called into the service of this blessed nation at this time of challenge, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans. This pathogen does not recognize party lines, and no partisan solution will defeat it. Neither will the government acting alone. It will take all the ingenuity and innovation of the American private sector working with our federal, state, and local governments. This is not a time for cynicism or invective or second-guessing. This is a time to remember that we are citizens of the greatest nation on Earth. That we have overcome every challenge we have faced, and we will overcome this one,” Rep. Cheney said on the floor of the House.
Rep. Cheney's message breaks through the partisan rancor that has encompassed both chambers of Congress this week. The American people deserve a dose of optimism while Democrats continue to play partisan games.
The House of Representatives continues to debate the relief package. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) appears to be planning to force a roll call vote, which will delay the passage of the relief package even further:
Massie tweeting that he will force a roll call vote on coronavirus bill. Will likely stretch out the vote for hours. Mbrs will come into the chamber in 16 groups, voting in tranches of about 30 mbrs at a time.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 27, 2020
If Massie forces quorum issue, the House CAN'T vote on the coronavirus bill until it has established a quorum, be that today or tomorrow. Mbrs concerned about sending so many mbrs to DC is a public health issue— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 27, 2020