US economy

House Passes Coronavirus Relief Measure Despite Effort to Stall Vote

“I represent one of the hardest-hit communities in the hardest-hit city in this country, Queens, N.Y., 13 dead in a night in Elmhurst Hospital alone. Our community’s reality is this country’s future if we don’t do anything. But we have to go into this vote, eyes wide open. What did the Senate Majority fight for? One of the largest corporate bailouts with as few strings as possible in American history. There should be shame about what was fought for in this bill, and the choices that we have to make.” “Mr. Speaker, I rise today to oppose the Carers Act. I agree we are facing an unprecedented emergency, one tied directly to China’s nefarious actions. However as President Trump said, we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself. The truth is this bill will spend $6 trillion, not $2 trillion, even that cost fails to include the cost of borrowing this money.” “Pursuant to House Resolution 911, the previous question is ordered on the motion. The question is on adoption of the motion. Those in favor say, ‘Aye,’ those opposed say ‘No.’ The ‘Ayes’ have it.” “Mr. Speaker.” “For what purposes does gentleman seek recognition?” “Mr. Speaker, I came here to make sure our republic doesn’t die by unanimous consent in empty chamber, and I request a recorded vote.” “Those favoring a recorded vote will rise and remain standing until counted. An insufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is refused.” “Mr. Speaker, I object on the basis that a quorum is not present, and make a point of order that a quorum is not present.” “The Chair will count for a quorum. Count for a quorum — a quorum is present. The motion is adopted.” [cheering] “It is a very special day for us. I think it sends a very clear message to the American people. We want to send the message to them that our hearts are full of love. America’s hearts are full of love with them, and we are all a family. And like many families we have our differences, but we also know what is important to us. We are so pleased today to be able to have passed on the floor, practically unanimously, this important bill.”


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