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House Plans Friday Vote for Virus Relief Package Passed by Senate

The House of Representatives plans to vote on Friday for a $2 trillion emergency relief package passed by the Senate late Wednesday.

Directing representatives to the text of the bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told them at 11:21 p.m. on Wednesday night that the House would convene on Friday morning to consider the bill.

Pelosi aims to pass the bill by voice vote because of “limited flight options, Members participating in self-quarantine, and several states mandating stay-at-home orders.”

Two representatives have tested positive for the CCP virus and others have entered quarantine or live in states where governors have ordered or advised people to stay at home unless theyre taking essential trips.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Partys coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to news reporters ahead of a vote on the CCP virus relief bill on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 25, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)

Pelosi said in a statement late Wednesday that amid the pandemic, “urgent action continues to be needed to address this threat to the lives and livelihood of the American people.”

“On Friday, the House will take up the legislation with strong bipartisan support,” she wrote.

House Republican leaders are also recommending passage of the bill, which passed 96-0 in the Senate, as is President Donald Trump.

The package “is bigger than anything, I believe, ever passed in Congress,” Trump told reporters in Washington.

The voice vote comes with potential complications because one lawmaker could call for a recorded, or roll call, vote, forcing lawmakers to vote in person.

Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), a critic of the bill, said on Wednesday he wouldnt block it if both parties supported the legislation.

“If they have majorities to pass it, then objecting to unanimous consent merely delays the inevitable,” Amash wrote in a statement on Twitter.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks during a campaign event with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at La Poste in Perry, Iowa, on Jan. 26, 2020. (Chip SomodevRead More – Source
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