The $3T coronavirus relief package passed the US House of Representatives on Friday.
The bill passed with 208 yeas and 199 nays. 23 house members did not vote.
The relief package, panned by progressives and deemed too large by conservatives, will now move to the Senate.
Progressive Caucus co-chairs Rep Jayapal and Rep Pocan earlier called for the vote on the coronavirus relief package to be delayed. Speaker Pelosi denied these requests and moved forward with the vote.
The coronavirus relief package will now move to the Senate where it’s expected to get canned. Republicans earlier made it clear they’re in no hurry to enter negotiations on another round of coronavirus relief funding. When the relief package became public, Senator Graham said the bill would be ‘dead on arrival’ when it reaches the Senate.
$3T Coronavirus Relief Package Moves to Senate
In size, this coronavirus relief package is the largest ever legislation drafted in Congress. It surpasses the $2T CARES package passed over a month back in March. While there was some inclination towards giving relief to states in the GOP as well, the size of the HEROES package seems to have scared the Republicans away.
Only one Republican voted with the Democrats in the House today. Amongst the Democrats, fourteen voted against the bill. Pramila Jayapal, who’d earlier promised she won’t vote for the bill, was one of them.
Progressive leaders in the Senate are not too excited about the new coronavirus relief package either. Senator Sanders said the House must make changes to the bill before sending it to the Senate.
The chances of the HEROES act going through the senate look slim. Majority Leader McConnell earlier said that the GOP wants to pause and assess the aid already given before planning another round of relief packages. While some of his colleagues in the Senate are keen on giving more relief to states, the sentiment is not unanimous in the party.
Republican leaders fear the impact President Trump could have on the prospect of further relief legislation. Generally, Republican presidents are fiscally conservative. However, Trump is not a traditional Republican and may end up supporting more relief packages.