President Donald Trump with his signature approved a historic USD 2 trillion stimulus package on Friday afternoon as the country enters the fight with deadly disease that has shocked the world. The financial package aims to help out the American public, small business and industries in the tough times when businesses are grappling with the economic meltdown across states. Earlier in day Houser of Representative endorsed the far-reaching legislation which passed the Senate earlier this week escaping a last minute drama for employing an unusual procedural move put up by conservative Republican that called for voting in person.
The Republican Representative Thomas Massie of who represents Kentucky in the House dumbfounded both Republican and Democratic Party members by bringing them back to Washington causing uncertainties. The unusual procedural demand forced the members to travel to Washington during the lockdown to deny his demand and for passing of the bill on Friday.
Eventually, House leadership bulldozed the mess created by Massie in form of a roll call vote when he requested for it. The House proceeded by approving the package by voice vote instead. However, members amid public health emergency had to move to Washington to establish a quorum required for thwarting his move that seemed bizarre at this time.
The stimulus’ key contents include approval of checks directly to individuals and families, expanding of unemployment benefits, funds for hospitals that ran out of finances and stocked emergency equipment, financial injections for small businesses and an injection of USD 500bn in two the loan systems of the state that will ultimately trickle down to distressed businesses.
Representatives at House were dealing with mounting pressures to pass the bill as soon as possible and protect the honorable members of it. The bill was set to be taken up by voice vote that ensured quick passage and was chalked to allow House members not to return to Washington for a full roll call vote.
But Massie on Friday infuriated everyone by saying that he would request a full roll-call vote on the bill.
“I came here to make sure our Republic doesn’t deny by unanimous consent in an empty chamber and I request a recorded vote,” Massie said on the House floor in an attempt to force the full vote.
In order to complete the quorum and shut Massie’s demand, the House needed 216 members. The Kentucky Representative pointed out that quorum was not present but it was later assessed that quorum was present in fact resulting in the motion.
Members who made it to Washington for the debate would find it difficult to maintain social distancing measure with some staying on the House floor while others sat in the upstairs gallery above the camber where the public usually sits.
President Trump on Friday fiercely criticized the congressman by once again tweeting: “he just wants the publicity” and should the thrown out of the Republican Party.
“Looks like a third rate Grandstander named @RepThomasMassie, a Congressman from, unfortunately, a truly GREAT State, Kentucky, wants to vote against the new Save Our Workers Bill in Congress. He just wants the publicity. He can’t stop it, only delay, which is both dangerous & costly,” Trump tweeted.
“Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive. Virus wasn’t their fault. It is “HELL” dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the “big picture” done. 90% GREAT! WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican Party!,” the President added.
Massie talking to a local radio stations on Thursday confessed that he is “having a really hard time with the legislation and legislators but maintained that he didn’t find it difficult for the fellow policymakers to get back to DC for the passing of the legislation.
“If congressmen are complaining that it’s hard to travel, well, what about the truckers that I saw on the road when I drove to DC? Hitch a ride with the trucker. … If you’re a congressman making $87 an hour and find it hard to get to DC, well, hitch a ride with the trucker,” Massie said on 55KRC talk radio.