The Hill's 12:30 Report: House to vote on $2.2T stimulus after mad dash to Washington

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: House to vote on $2.2T stimulus after mad dash to Washington | GOP lawmaker's opposition forces House members to race back to Capitol | Lawmakers detail empty airports, flights on return | Tensions erupt on House floor | GOP Rep. Massie defends call for roll call vote | Trump slams Massie as 'third rate grandstander' | Trump demands GM, Ford start making ventilators | Boris Johnson tests positive | Fauci answers questions on 'The Daily Show' | How to have virtual happy hours



It wouldn't be Congress if there wasn't a chaotic mad dash, amirite?:

A number of House members rushed to Washington, D.C., this morning to debate and vote for the Senate-passed $2.2 trillion stimulus plan to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus.  

But wasn't the House going to pass the bill by voice vote to avoid members traveling amid fears of travel and crowds?: Yes, but all it took was one member's objection to abandon that plan. 

^^ Meet that one House member: Conservative lawmaker Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieHouse in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power Ron Paul hospitalized in Texas GOP lawmaker praises Kyle Rittenhouse's 'restraint' for not emptying magazine during shooting MORE (R-Ky.) followed through with his threat to force a roll call vote. https://bit.ly/3bB9ECB

So now: [House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerTop Democrats introduce resolution calling for mask mandate, testing program in Senate Trump orders aides to halt talks on COVID-19 relief This week: Coronavirus complicates Senate's Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Md.) said "party leaders expect to have enough lawmakers on the floor Friday to form a so-called 'quorum' -- the minimum number of members required to stage a recorded vote. If that's the case, the House can approve the measure on Friday, despite Massie's gambit."

What to expect, via The Hill's Mike Lillishttps://bit.ly/3dyiyCv



Lots of yelling: "Rep. Haley StevensHaley Maria StevensUS Chamber of Commerce set to endorse 23 House freshman Democrats Eric Esshaki wins Michigan GOP primary to challenge Haley Stevens The Hill's Campaign Report: Buzz builds around Warren for VP MORE, a typically mild-mannered freshman from Michigan, goes over her allotted time and the presiding officer tells her her time is up, bangs his gavel and she continued to shout her speech as members were loudly telling her to stop." (Via CNN's Manu Rajuhttps://bit.ly/3bwGJzu

Livestream of the House floor: https://cs.pn/3dxu01h



Via Politico's Heather Caygle:

"And nearly 5 pm yesterday is where mad dash really started: leaders on both sides needed to ensure they had enough members to establish quorum AND defeat Massie. But then other members started worrying -- if they held a roll call vote and weren't there, how would that look? ... So cue members scrambling to find flights -- one lawmaker told me the first two flights they booked were canceled. And panic about having to return -- what if they catch the virus...what if they spread it to colleagues and staff unknowingly, etc." 

Read the full thread on what happened: https://bit.ly/39nOuWI


President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE TWEETED ABOUT REP. MASSIE THIS A.M.:

The president tweeted, "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......" https://bit.ly/3amVKn7

He then added: "...& 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!" https://bit.ly/2UkkPJY

^ Two Republican lawmakers came to Massie’s rescue: Reps. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyRepublican fears grow over rising Democratic tide Biden, Democrats see late opportunity in Texas The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump resumes maskless COVID-19 recovery at White House MORE (R-Texas) and Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership MORE (R-Ariz.), both members of the House Freedom Caucus, defended Massie after President Trump called for him to be kicked out of the Republican Party. https://bit.ly/33Oqj2G

Oh mannn, it’s a weird day: 



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I appreciate the creativity!:

Rep. Sylvia GarciaSylvia GarciaHispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants Texas Democrat proposes legislation requiring masks in federal facilities Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs MORE (D-Texas) posted a video of the Houston airport last night: It's completely empty. https://bit.ly/2WP1XEn

Three congresswomen ran into each other at the airport: Here's a photo of the three posing, with a safe social distance of course: https://bit.ly/3bzkk4B

Oh hey, congressman: Here's a photo of Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillinePocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL Pelosi suggests Trump setting 'dangerous' example with quick return to White House MORE (D-R.I.) social distancing: https://bit.ly/3dCHXeu


Think of all the leg room:

Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerWant to prevent Democrat destruction? Save our Senate Joe Biden has long forgotten North Carolina: Today's visit is too late Mike Johnson to run for vice chairman of House GOP conference MORE (R-N.C.) made a friend: Walker was the only passenger at the Delta gate this morning so he posed for a cute photo with gate agent Jewel. Photo -- I love this: https://bit.ly/2wxHhq5

More photos of a completely empty airport and plane: It's spooky. https://bit.ly/2ydE27A



Including whether people will have to pay taxes on the payment, if immigrants are eligible and how to receive a check if you have recently moved. Full Q&A from The Hill's Naomi Jagoda: https://bit.ly/2Ji8gsh



Trump just yelled at Ford and GM:

President Trump just lashed out on twitter at auto manufacturers, General Motors and Ford, demanding companies begin building ventilators to help coronavirus patients. https://bit.ly/2vU7tuD

Trump tweeted: “General Motors MUST immediately open their stupidly abandoned Lordstown plant in Ohio, or some other plant, and START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!!!!!!  FORD, GET GOING ON VENTILATORS, FAST!!!!!!” https://bit.ly/3aA6AWU



Boris Johnson has COVID-19: 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Johnson tweeted: "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus." 

Johnson posted a video explaining his diagnosis and assured citizens: Watch: https://bit.ly/2QPUGAs



Dr. Anthony Fauci debunked rumors and answered everyone's biggest questions: During an interview with Trevor NoahTrevor NoahFauci: 'Divisive nature' in US hampering coronavirus response Ted Cruz: 'Many liberal males never grow balls' Overnight Defense: House chair announces contempt proceeding against Pompeo | Top general says military has no role in election disputes | Appeal court rejects due process rights for Gitmo detainees MORE on "The Daily Show." Watch -- it's pretty helpful: https://bit.ly/3bsa7GY

Tidbit from The New York Times's Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump takes early victory lap, rips off mask The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Country rattled after Trump's positive COVID-19 diagnosis Fox's Kilmeade: Trump could serve as positive example if he beats COVID-19 while in 'danger age' of 74 MORE: "The increased wail of ambulances in our Brooklyn neighborhood is haunting over the last few days." https://bit.ly/2wyI1v4

In Manhattan this morning:

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2QK8o87



OK, this made me laugh:


Watch: https://bit.ly/2UInMTp



The House is in. The Senate is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

9 a.m. EDT: The House convened to work on the coronavirus stimulus bill. The House's full schedule today: https://bit.ly/3dy8KIH

Noon: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room.



5 p.m. EDT: The White House Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2UoDxQs



Today is National Spanish Paella Day.

And for planning purposes, tomorrow is National Black Forest Cake Day and Sunday is National Chiffon Cake Day.


Because all we've been hearing about are virtual happy hours:

Via The New York Times's Anna Goldfarb, here's "how to have a successful virtual happy hour." The gist: "The coronavirus has turned drinks at the bar into drinks in our individual homes, but that doesn't mean you have to drink alone." https://nyti.ms/2vT2jPv


And because I have been loving these videos, here's a closed aquarium that let puppies roam around and explore: https://bit.ly/3bvRjqw