Hoyer: House should put a COVID-19 bill to a vote before October break
Added 09-23-20 05:03:01pm EST - “Another COVID-19 relief bill should come to a vote in the House next week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday, amid calls from rank and file House Democrats urging party leadership for another vote before the election.” - Washingtontimes.com
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A COVID-19 relief bill should come to a vote in the House next week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday, amid calls from rank and file House Democrats urging party leadership for another vote before the election.
The Maryland Democrat told reporters that he’s still holding out hope for a last-minute deal between Democrats and Republicans, but even if one isn’t reached, argued the House should still send another package over to the other chamber.
“There may not be an ability to put together a bill in that timeframe, but I have been urging for some weeks that we do an alternative response to the Senate,” he said. “Not because I think we ought to negotiate with ourselves, but the Speaker has set the amount of resources that we are prepared to deal with. I think we ought to put that into legislation…and give it to the Senate. Senate will do with it what they will.”
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“I think we ought to be taking up COVID-19 legislation before we leave here, and I don’t think we ought to wait. People are really hurting,” he added.
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