House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Airbnb – Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill Hoyer says House expects to pass Coronavirus bill on Friday Senate unanimously passes T coronavirus stimulus package MORE (D-Md.) said Friday that party leaders remain intent on passing a massive $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill through the lower chamber by voice vote later in the morning.
“That would be the hope,” Hoyer said as he walked into the Capitol.
House leaders want to pass the enormous stimulus packed, approved by the Senate Wednesday night, without having to call the full chamber back to Washington amid fears of travel and crowding. The voice-vote procedure would allow some members to debate the legislation — and lodge their concerns — without the full House reconvening.
But a conservative lawmaker, Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieOvernight Defense: Pentagon curtails more exercises over coronavirus | House passes Iran war powers measure | Rocket attack hits Iraqi base with US troops House passes measure limiting Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump on US coronavirus risks: ‘We’re very, very ready for this’ MORE (R-Ky.), has threatened to force a roll-call vote Friday morning, forcing leaders in both parties to weigh a contingency plan for moving the package to President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea asking for aid, while denying any coronavirus cases: report Iranian official maintains Tehran has ‘no knowledge’ of American hostage’s whereabouts Unemployment claims surge to 3.2 million as coronavirus devastates economy MORE’s desk.
Hoyer has been talking to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHoyer says House expects to pass Coronavirus bill on Friday Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Last-minute complaints threaten T coronavirus aid deal | What’s in the package | Pelosi scrambles to secure quick passage | Expanded testing shows signs of strain McCarthy opposes unanimous consent on T coronavirus response MORE (R-Calif.) in search of a quick path forward.
“I’ve talked to McCarthy last night and we’re working together to get this done,” Hoyer said.
Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyLawmakers welcome Treasury move to extend tax deadlines Democrats push for paid leave in coronavirus response Trump officials pressed on economic response to coronavirus MORE (R-Texas), speaking on CNBC on Friday morning, said the vote could be Saturday.
“So we get this done one way or the other today or tomorrow,” said Brady, the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee.
“I think there’s a better than even chance we get this done today. We do have some names mentioned of people who might call for a roll call vote. I hope that doesn’t happen. But in case it does, members are coming back for this vote,” he said.
House leaders have said that Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) could call a roll call vote, but they have a plan to get around it.
Hoyer said that if Massie were to force a roll call vote, party leaders expect to have enough lawmakers on the floor Friday to form a so-called “quorum” — the minimum number of members required to stage a recorded vote. If that’s the case, the House can approve the measure on Friday, despite Massie’s gambit.
The House is scheduled to open the debate at 9 a.m., with the voice vote expected at roughly 11.