Hoyer: Democrats' next emergency spending bill expected Tuesday

Hoyer: Democrats' next emergency spending bill expected Tuesday
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House Democrats are poised to introduce their latest round of emergency coronavirus relief on Tuesday afternoon, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOvernight Defense: Democrats expand probe into State IG's firing | House schedules late June votes with defense bill on deck | New Navy secretary sworn in House scheduled to return for votes in late June House pushes back schedule to pass spending bills MORE (D-Md.) told reporters on a press call.

"My expectation is that it will be ready by early this afternoon," he said.

That timeline sets the stage for a House floor vote on Friday, when Democratic leaders would also consider a resolution to change House rules to allow lawmakers to vote remotely, Hoyer said. The Rules Committee has already scheduled a meeting Thursday to consider both proposals.

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Known as CARES 2, the House package will primarily build on programs and funding established in the initial CARES Act, with a focus on help for states, hospitals, small businesses and families hit hardest by the deadly pandemic.

In crafting the next relief package, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi calls Trump's decision to withdraw US from WHO 'an act of extraordinary senselessness' House Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Khanna says President Trump threatening violence against US citizens; Trump terminating relationship with WHO MORE (D-Calif.), Hoyer and other Democratic leaders have solicited proposals from rank-and-members, who felt there were largely cut out of the last two rounds of emergency aid, both of which originated in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Based on those discussions, the package will also feature a host of notable supplements that didn't survive the negotiations with Republicans in the four previous coronavirus bills. That list includes funding to subsidize rent and mortgage payments, protect elections, assist the struggling U.S. Postal Service, and help students facing loan payments.

One idea that did not make the cut was one championed by liberals to provide direct federal grants to businesses to help them make rent payments and keep employees on the payroll with their health benefits intact.

Hoyer said that idea "has great merit to it," and suggested Democrats may revisit the proposal in the future.

"This is not going to be the last word, or the final word, as we go forward," he said.

How quickly the next round of relief gets to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE's desk, however, remains an open question. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe Overnight Health Care: Trump says US 'terminating' relationship with WHO | Cuomo: NYC on track to start reopening week of June 8 | COVID-19 workplace complaints surge 10 things to know today about coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) indicated Monday that GOP leaders in the upper chamber are in no rush to pass another massive bill before the trillions of dollars already approved in earlier legislation has been spent.