Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieHouse leaders hope to vote Friday on coronavirus stimulus The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Airbnb – House to pass relief bill; Trump moves to get US back to work House leadership advises members to return to DC as Massie weighs roll call vote on stimulus package MORE (R-Ky.) confirmed he will ask for a roll-call vote on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill being debated Friday on the House floor, despite fiery denunciations of his actions from President TrumpDonald John TrumpDefense industrial base workers belong at home during this public health crisis Maduro pushes back on DOJ charges, calls Trump ‘racist cowboy’ House leaders hope to vote Friday on coronavirus stimulus MORE and other officials.
Massie’s decision has forced many House lawmakers to return to Washington, since his decision to ask for a roll-call vote prevents the bill from being passed on a voice vote. Lawmakers wanted to avoid having lawmakers converge on Washington, largely because of the fear of the spreading coronavirus.
The libertarian-leaning conservative took to Twitter to announce he would request a quorum, which would require 218 members to be present. Leadership sources say they believe they have enough lawmakers needed to pass the bill via voice vote.
“I swore an oath to uphold the constitution, and I take that oath seriously,” Massie wrote on Twitter. “In a few moments I will request a vote on the CARES Act which means members of Congress will vote on it by pushing ‘yes’ or ‘no’ or ‘present.’
(1/11)I swore an oath to uphold the constitution, and I take that oath seriously.
In a few moments I will request a vote on the CARES Act which means members of Congress will vote on it by pushing “yes” or “no” or “present.”
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 27, 2020
Massie’s actions come after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse leaders hope to vote Friday on coronavirus stimulus House leadership advises members to return to DC as Massie weighs roll call vote on stimulus package Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA —US now leads world in known coronavirus cases | Unemployment claims soar by over 3 million | House to vote on stimulus Friday | Ventilator shortage sets off scramble MORE (R-Calif.) urging members against attempting to procedurally interfere with its passage during a House GOP conference call on Thursday.
In the wake of the news Massie intended to derail leaders’ plans, leadership in both parties called on members to return to Washington if possible to vote on the measure.