Democrat says House vote on $2 trillion aid deal could fall to Friday

Democrat says House vote on $2 trillion aid deal could fall to Friday
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Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkDemocrat speaks out on double standards, sexism and politics of 'going gray' Top House Democrat pushes for 'isolation boxes' for maskless lawmakers Democrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit MORE (D-Mass.) said Wednesday that the House's vote on the $2 trillion coronavirus package reached by Senate leaders could possibly be pushed to Friday.

"Our goal is to get our caucus all of the information that they need and to get to unanimous consent or voice vote by tomorrow, certainly by Friday," Clark, the vice chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

"We are balancing the urgency which we must get this relief to the American people and our responsibility, with a multiple trillion dollar package, to the taxpayers — and to making sure that this funding is targeted at those that need it the most," she said.

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The White House and Senate leaders from both parties reached agreement on the massive relief package after midnight, with the Senate expected to vote on the bill later in the day Wednesday.

The legislation offers hundreds of billions of dollars to small businesses and industries, like airlines, that have been hit hard by the pandemic. The bill also gives a one-time $1,200 check to Americans making under $75,000 a year, among numerous other provisions.

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"Right now what we're trying to do is work on the substance of this legislation so that we can quickly come to an agreement where we can have unanimous consent," she told CNN on Tuesday.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' GOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel Lobbying world MORE (D-Md.) said Wednesday that he would give 24 hours notice to lawmakers on any impending vote or action.

“Before we can determine when and how the House will consider this legislation, we must have the final legislative text and clear direction on when the Senate will vote,” Hoyer said in a statement. “I remain committed to giving House Members 24 hours notice before the House acts."

Updated at 2:45 p.m.