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 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.) 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 TitusCoordinated federal leadership is needed for recovery of US travel and tourism Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Safe, responsible casino gaming supports state economies at crucial time 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) KingRundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Democrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade Treasury withheld nearly M from FDNY 9/11 health program MORE (R-N.Y.) tweeted early Friday morning. 

Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezDemocrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Twitter users urge MSNBC's Steve Kornacki to donate his beat-up necktie to Smithsonian Democrats call for IRS to review tax-exempt status of NRA 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 Caucus endorses Castro for Foreign Affairs gavel Favorites emerge as Latino leaders press Biden to appoint 5 Hispanics to Cabinet Tony Cárdenas casts himself as man to lead DCCC through fire MORE (D-Ariz.) wrote about taking a red-eye flight back to D.C. He gave a shoutout to Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarDemocrat O'Halleran wins reelection in Arizona House race Lil Jon slams Paul Gosar: 'Don't quote my songs' Hundreds of Trump supporters protest election results in Pennsylvania 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.).