Pelosi says $2 trillion bill isn't 'the end' of coronavirus stimulus 

“This was a big strong step but we need more,” Pelosi said about the $2 trillion bill. “I don’t think we’ve seen the end of direct payments.”

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Speaker Pelosi on March 23.
Speaker Pelosi on March 23.
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March 26, 2020 - 3:02pm

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that chamber members are “eager” to return to Capitol Hill to vote on the Senate’s $2 trillion economic stimulus bill and predicted another congressional spending package is on the horizon.

Pelosi, the leader of the Democrat-controlled House, said the chamber will vote Friday on the Senate bill.

Pelosi said earlier this week she would try to pass the Senate bill through “unanimous consent” without most members present for the vote, but changed course on Thursday.

“I don’t think we will get unanimous consent,” she said. “Our members want to come back in order to have the debate and we expect to have a voice vote on it but if we don’t we’ll be prepared for whatever it is.”

She continued, “But one way or another with losing no time, with you or anything else, we will be passing the bill tomorrow.”

According to a recent report from the House Rules Committee on voting procedures, a voice vote takes place when “the House presumes a quorum is present unless a point of order is made.

Members could submit a statement for the Congressional Record stating how they would have voted had there been a recorded vote. Congress could even vote on a symbolic resolution supporting the legislation after the crisis passes and Members return to Washington.”

Some lawmakers have said a fourth and fifth package would be needed to address the economic impact of coronavirus.

“This was a big strong step but we need more,” Pelosi said about the existing $2 trillion bill, the third such measure. “I don’t think we’ve seen the end of direct payments.”

Pelosi also said that "every dollar we spend is an investment in the lives and the livelihood of the American people. We can go bigger."

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Thursday that Congress should "let the bill work" before deciding if additional aid is needed on coronavirus.

"We've done 3 different bills," he said. "If these are bills are done correctly, let them put them to work to get through this. If something is needed in the future, let's make that decision but let's not make that decision without allowing these bills to be put into the economy."

Pelosi pointed out the Senate is out of session until April 20 but told senators to be ready to take more action on coronavirus.

“Everybody has to be on call for anything we need when we need it and we don’t know what that might be,” she said.

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