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.