House passes $2.2 trillion coronavirus spending bill
Bill now goes to President Trump
March 27, 2020 - 3:30pm
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The House on Friday passes $2.2 trillion coronavirus spending bill, sending the measure to President Trump for his signature.
The bill passed despite an effort by Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie to slow the process with a recorded vote.
Both President Trump and former Secretary of State John Kerry admonished Massie on twitter prior to the vote.
Massie's attempt to force a formal roll-call vote meant that lawmakers returned in a rush to Washington on Friday en masse, needing at least 216 members of the lower chamber present to form a quorum, which is the number of members required to execute a recorded vote.
House members spread themselves throughout the chamber, sitting in the galleries typically reserved for the public, to maintain proper social distancing practices.
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