Lawmakers highlight flights back to DC for huge coronavirus vote

Lawmakers highlight flights back to DC for huge coronavirus vote
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House lawmakers rushed back to Washington for a vote on a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package after Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold Massie14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Congress tiptoes back to normality post-pandemic 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol MORE (R-Ky.) threatened to call for a roll call vote on the Senate-passed measure. 

Lawmakers took a variety of routes back to get to Washington for the vote. 

Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) shared a photo of a flight from the Twin Cities that was carrying several members back to the Capitol.


Johnson wrote on Twitter that the flight was bipartisan and that he and other members were social distancing. 

"A bipartisan (and socially distanced) flight to DC this morning to vote on Coronavirus economic relief. @RepPeteStauber @RepAngieCraig @BettyMcCollum04,” he tweeted.


Rep. Dina TitusAlice (Dina) Costandina TitusHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Shakespeare gets a congressional hearing in this year's 'Will on the Hill' Lawmakers roll out legislation to defend pipelines against cyber threats MORE (D-Nev.) also shared a photo of her flight.


Massie's threat to not allow a voice vote on the legislation forced members to come back, making the Kentucky Republican a target of heavy criticism. 

“Heading to Washington to vote on pandemic legislation. Because of one Member of Congress refusing to allow emergency action entire Congress must be called back to vote in House. Risk of infection and risk of legislation being delayed. Disgraceful. Irresponsible,” Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingNewsmax anchor Greg Kelly to host New York radio show Top GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee Republican Garbarino wins election to replace retiring Rep. Pete King MORE (R-N.Y.) tweeted early Friday morning. 

Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezDemocrat says he won't introduce resolution to censure Greene The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power House Democrat drafting resolution to censure Greene over Holocaust comments MORE (D-Calif.) echoed King’s frustrations, noting a sizable number of members could not make it after being affected by the virus. 

"Flying back to DC to vote for the stimulus bill. It could pass on a voice vote but some members want to make a statement by potentially asking for an in-person vote. Not all my colleagues can go back for health reasons. So, I’m doing it for them & for my constituents,” he tweeted. 

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoHispanic Democrats slam four Republicans over Jan. 6 vote in new ads Democrats want Arizona to reject mapping firm's application to redraw districts GOP lawmaker barricaded himself in bathroom with sword during Capitol riot MORE (D-Ariz.) wrote about taking a red-eye flight back to D.C. He gave a shoutout to Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony Gosar14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Cheney: 'It is disgusting and despicable' to see Gosar 'lie' about Jan. 6 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol MORE (R-Ariz.) for helping an individual who was having health issues on the plane. 

“I am now an fully awake on my red eye to DC! But thank you to @repgosar answering the call when the flight attendants asked for anyone with medical background! He answered when a young man passed out suddenly on this flight! #coronavirus,” he tweeted. 

Others praised airline staff for working to make flights as safe as possible. 

“Very quiet trip back to #Washington late last night so the House can vote and pass the #CARESAct. Incredibly grateful to the airline & airport workers, cleaning staff and all those helping my colleagues and I get to work safely. Help is on the way. #ForThePeople,” Rep. Katherine Clarke (D-Mass.).