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 holds first-ever proxy votes during pandemic House GOP lawmaker breaks with party to back proxy voting House adopts historic rules changes to allow remote voting MORE (R-Ky.) followed through with his threat to force a roll call vote.

So now: [House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerPelosi: Democrats to unveil sweeping criminal justice proposal Monday Calls for police reform sparks divisions in Congress Hoyer wins Maryland House primary 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 Lillis



Lots of yelling: "Rep. Haley StevensHaley Maria StevensThe Hill's Campaign Report: Buzz builds around Warren for VP Gun control group rolls out House endorsements Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary 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 Raju

Livestream of the House floor:



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:


President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters 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......"

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!"

^ Two Republican lawmakers came to Massie’s rescue: Reps. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoySmall businesses receive much-needed Paycheck Protection Program fixes House passes bill to grant flexibility for small business aid program The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter MORE (R-Texas) and Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarConservative lawmakers press Trump to suspend guest worker programs for a year Impeachment figure among those chosen for Facebook's new oversight board Cruz rebukes San Antonio City Council for denouncing 'Chinese virus' as hate speech 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.

Oh mannn, it’s a weird day: 



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I appreciate the creativity!:

Rep. Sylvia GarciaSylvia GarciaThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House returns to DC for coronavirus relief Minority caucuses endorse Texas Afro-Latina for Congress Texas House Dems ask governor to issue stay-at-home order MORE (D-Texas) posted a video of the Houston airport last night: It's completely empty.

Three congresswomen ran into each other at the airport: Here's a photo of the three posing, with a safe social distance of course:

Oh hey, congressman: Here's a photo of Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineDemocrats call for special prosecutor to investigate clearing of protesters outside White House The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Johns Hopkins's Jennifer Nuzzo says America needs public health crisis insurance to pay for COVID-19 victims; Protests, pandemic continue to ravage America Trump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy MORE (D-R.I.) social distancing:


Think of all the leg room:

Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerDemocrats press OSHA official on issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America NCAA backs plan to allow college athletes to cash in on name, image and likeness 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:

More photos of a completely empty airport and plane: It's spooky.



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:



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.

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!!!!!!”



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:



Dr. Anthony Fauci debunked rumors and answered everyone's biggest questions: During an interview with Trevor NoahTrevor NoahHost Trevor Noah to pay salaries of furloughed 'Daily Show' crew Bill Gates says billions will be spent on ultimately abandoned coronavirus vaccine efforts The Hill's 12:30 Report: House to vote on .2T stimulus after mad dash to Washington MORE on "The Daily Show." Watch -- it's pretty helpful:

Tidbit from The New York Times's Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from the protests The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from weekend protests across the US The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US MORE: "The increased wail of ambulances in our Brooklyn neighborhood is haunting over the last few days."

In Manhattan this morning:




OK, this made me laugh:





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:

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:



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."


And because I have been loving these videos, here's a closed aquarium that let puppies roam around and explore: