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 MassieMassie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies Gaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Progress slow on coronavirus bill 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.

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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.

 

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Rep. Dina TitusAlice (Dina) Costandina TitusOvernight Defense: Army now willing to rename bases named after Confederates | Dems demand answers on 'unfathomable' nuke testing discussions | Pentagon confirms death of north African al Qaeda leader Top Democrats demand answers on Trump administration's 'unfathomable' consideration of nuclear testing Federal employees push for COVID-19 protections in 'dangerous' workplaces 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) KingCheney clashes with Trump Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney On The Money: 3 million more Americans file for unemployment benefits | Sanders calls for Senate to 'improve' House Democrats' coronavirus bill | Less than 40 percent of small businesses have received emergency coronavirus loans MORE (R-N.Y.) tweeted early Friday morning. 

Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezHispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants Census director says he learned of Trump citizenship move 'when it was posted on the web' Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs 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 asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden's latest plan on racial inequality Overnight Energy: Official says protesters not cleared from Lafayette Square for Trump | Trump administration blasts banks refusing to fund Arctic drilling | 2019 coal production hit lowest level since 1978 MORE (D-Ariz.) wrote about taking a red-eye flight back to D.C. He gave a shoutout to Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarArizona Rep. Paul Gosar wins GOP primary  Trade negotiations mustn't short-circuit domestic debate House Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks 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.).