House of Representatives moves toward quick vote on Democratic coronavirus package
Legislation to include unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, food security measures
House Democrats plan to vote Thursday on a wide-ranging coronavirus relief package that will include expanded unemployment insurance, paid sick leave and food security assistance.
But the effort shows how political leaders are moving in much different directions in their rushed attempts to contain the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus outbreak. President Trump is pushing aides to develop a large tax cut package, and he could allow people to delay filing their taxes. The Senate, meanwhile, is moving more slowly and is unexpected to move before a congressional recess scheduled for next week.
Trump pitched Republican senators Tuesday on a big payroll tax reduction that could last through the end of the year and his reelection. But the response was skeptical, and House Democratic leaders are not including any such measure in their plan, which they hope to release later Wednesday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told fellow Democrats on Wednesday morning to expect a vote Thursday on their package. It has not been negotiated with the White House or congressional Republicans, but Democrats see a need to act in the midst of growing public concern and put pressure on the GOP. ...
Pelosi also spoke Wednesday morning with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, but she told reporters that White House priorities — included the broad payroll tax cut Trump supports — will not be included in the House package."