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 ClarkHouse pushes back schedule to pass spending bills Gun control group rolls out House endorsements Pelosi scrambles to secure quick passage of coronavirus aid 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.


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.


Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse votes unanimously to extend deadline for coronavirus small-business loan program Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House approves .5T green infrastructure plan | Rubio looks to defense bill to block offshore drilling, but some fear it creates a loophole | DC-area lawmakers push for analysis before federal agencies can be relocated MORE (D-Calif.) has said she hopes to be able to get the bill unanimously passed so that the package could get to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE's desk quickly for a signature, as many lawmakers are eyeing leaving town as the coronavirus crisis grows.

"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 HoyerHouse to vote on removing bust of Supreme Court justice who wrote Dred Scott ruling Black Caucus unveils next steps to combat racism Democrats expect Russian bounties to be addressed in defense bill 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.