House Could Return for Aid Vote Next Week

House package is at odds with the Senate.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the House could return next week to pass a major economic aid bill aimed at providing more than $1 trillion in local aid, bonus pay for front-line workers, and a bailout for the U.S. Postal Service debt. “We also believe that the very small entities also need some assistance, and that may well be included as well,” he said.

Speaker Pelosi said the bill would include state and local aid, including federal money for Medicaid. There could also be funding to expand food stamp benefits and cover rent and mortgage payments.

“We’ve been hard at work on this for a number of weeks,” Hoyer said. “Once the legislation is ready for discussion and presentation to the floor, I expect members will return to the Capitol to vote on it.”

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said, “We’re gong to take a pause here, do a good job of evaluating what we’ve already done,” indicating that he was not going to be in a rush to take up a House-passed bill.

The House has been in recess since mid-March, returning briefly for two emergency sessions to pass coronavirus aid packages.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the House of Representatives as they consider a return to Washington next week to vote on additional aid.
  • For an honest evaluation to be made by both the House and Senate of the benefits and risks of additional aid going out and how ultimately the nation will have to pay for it.
  • For House and Senate leaders as they direct their respective chambers in addressing the pandemic and its effects.

Sources: Washington Examiner, New York Times


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