Yay! Covid-19 Bill Passes The House

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Skinny-D)

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie has the deets:

STEP ONE ACCOMPLISHED: THE HOUSE passed a heavily negotiated, narrowly tailored coronavirus response bill early this morning with 363 voting yes, 40 voting no, one present and 26 not voting.

TWENTY PERCENT of House Republicans voted no on this bill, which is instructive in thinking about the governing coalition as Congress expects to dive further into propping up sectors of the economy suffering from effects of the deadly coronavirus. No votes included Republican Reps. ANDY BIGGS of Arizona and JIM JORDAN of Ohio, close allies of President DONALD TRUMP.

BUT IT’S ALSO INSTRUCTIVE to consider how this deal came together. CNN’S MANU RAJU — a friend of Playbook — asked Speaker NANCY PELOSIlast night if she had spoken to TRUMP throughout this process. Her answer? “No. … There was no need for that.” AND, INDEED, there wasn’t, because TRUMPwas, at best, a bystander during this process.

PELOSI and Treasury Secretary STEVEN MNUCHIN have now cut their third major bipartisan deal — setting the duo up as the center of action for legislating in this governing configuration. It’s a most unlikely role for MNUCHIN, whose presence was not appreciated — being nice here! — during tax reform.

BUT MNUCHIN has found a groove with PELOSI, and last night, they were able to work out a massively difficult technical issue with paid leave under extreme pressure. PELOSI also secured a commitment from MNUCHIN that TRUMPwould tweet in favor of the bill — that happened before noon Friday — but that commitment was contingent on solving problems on language that House Republicans had raised. Dems were skeptical of the issues Republicans raised, and saw it as foot dragging.

But of course, amply be-chinned #MoscowMitch is next at bat:

“I believe the vast majority of Senators in both parties will agree we should act swiftly to secure relief for American workers, families, and small businesses.”

And so naturally, he sent the Senate home for the weekend. “Swift” seems to be —in turtle time— a weekend and most of a weekday, or some order of magnitude of new infections.

Tiger Beat continues:

THE SENATE will be in town next week to deal with this bill. The Senate is poised to have a cloture vote on the FISA bill at 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Until that is passed, any action on the coronavirus response bill would have to be by unanimous consent. Senate Democrats like SHERROD BROWN of Ohio and AMY KLOBUCHAR of Minnesota put out statements this morning calling for immediate passage of the House bill.

Thanks buches, Mitch. Please shake hands with Possum Hollar.

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7 Responses to Yay! Covid-19 Bill Passes The House

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    Why does Wall St. get an immediate infusion of $1.5 TRILLION Ameros without even having to “sit up & beg,” while any relief for thee or me REQUIRES AN ACT OF CONGRESS?!?!?!?!

    And as much as I hate to say this, it’s my “firmly-held belief” that the delay is deliberate. After all, the dead don’t need to be cared for, they’re just another “shovel-ready project” as these Rethuglicons see it. (And somehow they’ll figger out a way to make at least a nickel for each and every one.)

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    • Bruce388 says:

      One possible result of inaction — fewer Social Security recipients. I’d bet some quatloos that Mnuchin & Co. are salivating over that prospect.

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  2. purplehead says:

    Fucker Mitch is pure-D evil. FatNixon is amalgamated evil. A preacher with whom I am familiar, thought he had had sin-ful thoughts when he wished FatNixon get The Virus. But concluded, “…since I don’t want Trump to die, just to get sick enough that it can’t be hidden, it wasn’t a sin, but good public policy.”

    Guess that makes him feel better, which is fine, but I’m not sure that would make any difference. Everyone in that Thug party needs to curl up and die.

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  3. w3ski4me says:

    I want the entire 40 that voted No, tied in the stocks for public humiliation. Immediately.
    Asswipes like that really do piss me off.

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  4. Chris Papalia says:

    So, bill passes the House only to die in the Senate. Rinse and repeat.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. purplehead says:

    Here are the 40 Thugs.

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  6. w3ski4me says:

    Damn. I see our representative in there too.


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