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 PelosiNRCC turns up heat on vulnerable Democrats over Omar's call to abolish police Shocking job numbers raise hopes for quicker recovery Engel primary challenger hits million in donations 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 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.), 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 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’s desk.

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.) has been talking to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - DC preps for massive Saturday protest; Murkowski breaks with Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Floyd eulogies begin; Trump-Esper conflict emerges The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen 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 BradyHouse Republican offers bill to create 'return to work bonus' Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support Former Texas Rep. Sam Johnson dies at 89 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.