Democratic leaders say $2 trillion stimulus will pass House on Friday

House Democratic leaders vowed Friday morning that the lower chamber will pass a massive $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill later in the day, despite last-minute hurdles erected by a conservative member that have sent lawmakers scrambling to return to Washington.

"We're going to pass it today," Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases House Democrats urge congressional leaders to support .1B budget for IRS Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate MORE (D-Calif.) said as she entered the Capitol shortly before 9 a.m.

House leaders had sought to pass the enormous stimulus package, approved by the Senate Wednesday night, without having to call the full chamber back to Washington amid fears of travel and crowding. They intended to do so by using a voice vote, a procedure that would allow some members to debate the legislation — and lodge their concerns — without the full House reconvening.


But a conservative lawmaker, Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieCheney seeks to cool tensions with House conservatives House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power Ron Paul hospitalized in Texas MORE (R-Ky.), has threatened to force a roll-call vote Friday morning, compelling leaders in both parties to weigh a contingency plan for moving the package to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE’s desk.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOvernight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Biden unveils batch of his White House team This week: Congress races to wrap work for the year MORE (D-Md.) has been talking to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyDemocrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' MORE (R-Calif.) in search of a quick path forward.

“I’ve talked to McCarthy last night and we’re working together to get this done,” Hoyer said.

Hoyer said that if Massie were to force a roll-call vote, party leaders expect to have enough lawmakers on the floor Friday to form a 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.

The House opened the floor at 9 a.m. to begin that debate, which was initially expected to run for two hours. But Pelosi said it's now been extended to three.


"We will respect the congressional traditions and we will have a little longer debate than we had anticipated, and that's a good thing. ... My understanding is it will be extended to three hours, and then we'll have the votes," she said.

Asked if it will move by voice vote or recorded vote, Pelosi left it up in the air.

"We'll see," she said.

Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOn The Money: Biden, Democratic leaders push for lame-duck coronavirus deal | Business groups shudder at Sanders as Labor secretary | Congress could pass retirement bill as soon as this year Top Democrat: Congress could pass retirement bill as soon as this year Momentum grows for bipartisan retirement bill in divided Congress MORE (R-Texas), speaking earlier on CNBC, remained slightly uncertain on the Friday vote, underscoring how leaders were still scrambling on Friday morning.

"So we get this done one way or the other today or tomorrow," said Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee.

"I think there's a better than even chance we get this done today. We do have some names mentioned of people who might call for a roll-call vote. I hope that doesn't happen. But in case it does, members are coming back for this vote," he said.