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Lone Congressman Delays Covid-19 Relief Bill From Going To The Senate

Rep. Louie Gohmert delays House coronavirus relief bill from moving to Senate
The House was expected to make technical corrections to the bipartisan measure, passed by the House early Saturday, on Monday, but Gohmert is insisting on reading them.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, pictured in December at the president's impeachment trial.Shawn Thew / Pool via AFP - Getty Images file
March 16, 2020, 12:52 PM CDT / Updated March 16, 2020, 1:24 PM CDT
By Rebecca Shabad and Alex Moe



Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, is holding up the House-passed coronavirus relief bill and preventing it from being delivered to the Senate for a vote.

The House was expected to make technical corrections Monday to the bipartisan measure, passed by the House early Saturday, but Gohmert is insisting on reading them, a Democratic leadership aide confirmed to NBC News on Monday.

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We still do not have a final draft of the negotiated changes being called ’technical corrections’ and some of us believe that the newly worded laws should be finished before we pass them. #CoronaVirus

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The technical corrections package has not yet been finalized and the House wants to pass it by unanimous consent because the House is on recess this week.

If one member stands in opposition, the House can’t send the bill to the Senate without bringing the entire House back from their districts to Washington for a vote. The Senate is in session this week, but schedules have been fluid because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Gohmert said that he had a number of questions he wanted answered before the vote, but there was no time. "We voted, and I truly had wanted to vote yes, but could not for a bill that created so many concerns without time to examine whether some of our language did more harm than good."

"Unfortunately, now that it has passed the House, we will find out what this bill actually does," he said. "Hopefully, the Senate will take the time to clean up the damage our bill caused and not just rubber-stamp it, so I can vote for the bill that they send back to the House."


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., acknowledged in a statement Sunday that the ball is in the House’s court. He said that he commends the work Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did to strike the agreement and that senators from both parties are carefully reviewing the details and "are eager to act swiftly to help American workers, families and small businesses navigate this challenging time."


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who negotiated the legislation with Mnuchin, said that the legislation included free coronavirus testing, even for the uninsured, two weeks of paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave. To assist people who lose their jobs amid the outbreak, Pelosi said the bill strengthens unemployment insurance and boosts food security initiatives like food stamps.

It also increases federal funds "for Medicaid to support our local, state, tribal and territorial governments and health systems, so that they have the resources necessary to combat this crisis," she said.

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When was the last time a Republican Congressman from Texas ever showed much integrity?  Good for him.

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@Centristsin2010 wrote:

When was the last time a Republican Congressman from Texas ever showed much integrity?  Good for him.

I dunno. He has beady little eyes.










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