Pelosi warns against ‘selfish’ lawmakers disrupting coronavirus vote

“We have to free people from their selfishness,” added Pelosi, speaking about GOP threats to call for a roll call instead of letting the house clear the package up by simply voting.

Pelosi’s comments come as House leaders on both sides fear that one or more of their members will attempt to create a scene on Friday calling for a quorum call or roll call that would require more legislators to return to the Capitol. House heads of government hope to vote in favor of the bill, which would not require the majority of members traveling to Washington, which they want to avoid.

To ensure the smooth running of the vote, Pelosi contacted Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) Said he had Rep. Mark Meadows (RN.C.) the incoming Whites, called chief of staff.

Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House of Representatives minority, said in a statement on Wednesday that he supports the $ 2 trillion emergency package and prefers voting instead of a unanimous consent, another option that was being considered to allow members to remain in their districts.

The House’s republican leadership is particularly concerned about the intentions of GOP MP Tom Massie. Massie drove from Kentucky to Washington to vote and signaled to the leadership that he could request a recorded balance sheet. The White House is aware of the problem, sources said.

In addition to possible GOP disruptions, Pelosi said there was a democratic member who could request a roll call vote on the massive package, but she did not name the legislature.

For some Democrats, the main controversy is the massive $ 150 billion bailout fund for state and local governments trying to fight the local crisis. This money can only be given to places with more than 500,000 inhabitants – an important concern for legislators whose districts may not be eligible for aid. The National League of Cities has campaigned for lawmakers so that the money can flow to anywhere with 50,000 or more people.

The $ 2 trillion package, already approved by the Senate, will provide immediate help to workers, small businesses, and large industries affected by the crisis.

Later in the call, Pelosi urged the Democrats not to call for a roll call and told her caucus that it was “selfish” to ask her colleagues to fly and drive in from across the country, which could endanger everyone’s health could.

The heads of government of the House of Representatives hope to be able to vote for the aid package quickly so that members who have decided to come to the chamber can discuss and verbalize their objections without requesting a roll-call vote.

However, a single member could object because there is no quorum in the Chamber – in this case 216 legislators. A legislator could also request a roll call vote against which the leaders of both parties are pushing.

Some ordinary Democrats – Dan Kildee from Michigan and Gerry Connolly from Virginia – also tried to ask their colleagues during the Caucus call on Thursday not to request a recorded vote during the time of the national crisis. Instead, all legislators who are upset about the legislation should voice their objections through the Congress minutes.

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