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$2 Trillion Stimulus in House's Hands

House leaders were scrambling to bring back enough legislators to form a quorum to pass a $2 trillion economic rescue package after a Republican lawmaker suggested he might object to holding the vote using a procedure that avoids putting members on the record.

Many lawmakers had planned to stay away from the Capitol because of the risks of traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The House will first attempt today to pass the legislation by a voice vote, which doesn’t require all members to be present.

But if the House doesn’t have 216 members, one lawmaker could object to a quorum not being present. A lawmaker could also request to have a roll-call vote, where names are recorded.


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