The federal government was not expected to pass emergency legislation to respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on Friday -- despite Democrats and Republicans agreeing on a bill.
"Today, we will pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act after reaching an agreement with the Administration," Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Friday evening. "This legislation builds on the action that House Democrats took last week to put #FamiliesFirst with our strong, bipartisan $8.3 billion emergency funding package."
"I fully support H.R. 6201: Families First CoronaVirus Response Act, which will be voted on in the House this evening," President Donald Trump tweeted, publicly giving permission for Republicans to back the legislation.
There was just one problem, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had sent the Senate home for the weekend.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blasted McConnell's leadership.
"It was remarkably irresponsible and out of touch for Sen. McConnell to send senators out of town in the middle of a public health crisis before the House passed this vital people-focused legislation," Schumer said. "Sen. McConnell and Republicans should pass this legislation as is immediately."
McCarthy said tonight he spoke with McConnell “a couple times today” and they “will look a lot based on how we vote… https://t.co/jLOSw628xb— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1584151576.0
Extremely pleased the #FamiliesFirst Coronavirus Response Act includes the people-focused initiatives… https://t.co/o5xv9zOOvL— Chuck Schumer (@Chuck Schumer)1584147173.0
#FamiliesFirst is about testing, testing, testing. To stop the spread of the virus, we have secured free… https://t.co/ZfLaDO2QwP— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)1584141092.0
For families’ food security, #FamiliesFirst strengthens nutrition security initiatives such as SNAP, student meals,… https://t.co/QKH4aA1Lt7— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)1584141093.0
As the Senate works to pass #FamiliesFirst, the House will begin work on a third emergency response package to prot… https://t.co/YUaCnj0ZDG— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)1584141093.0
Pelosi sends a Dear Colleague: “I am writing to thank you for your patience! Because it was essential for us to ha… https://t.co/rkZmuE1GZG— Emily Cochrane (@Emily Cochrane)1584150982.0
Pelosi, joined by Hoyer and members of the freshmen class, says she appreciates the president “joining us with his… https://t.co/qJJiMHAkCH— Emily Cochrane (@Emily Cochrane)1584151992.0
NOW @SpeakerPelosi , in news conference following coronavirus deal (#2): is wearing her Speaker’s mace pin, signify… https://t.co/4HYA8EBgAy— Lisa Desjardins (@Lisa Desjardins)1584152727.0
>@mkraju asks Pelosi if she spoke to Trump at all this week: "No. There was no need for that."— Mike DeBonis (@Mike DeBonis)1584152789.0