Democratic leadership on Tuesday canceled the House of Representatives’ plans to return back to Washington next week, just one day after Democrats made the announcement.
According to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the Capitol physician advised them not to return as well as a rise in coronavirus cases in the Washington, D.C. Area, Politico first reported.
“We made a judgment that we will not come back next week but that we hope to come back very soon,” Hoyer said.
The news comes just five days after The House passed a $484 billion coronavirus phase 3.5 package Thursday to help people and businesses struggling across the country.
The bill previously passed the Senate on a voice vote Tuesday. Congress and the White House reached an agreement earlier Tuesday. The legislation includes $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which White House officials told the Daily Caller will feature $60 billion carved out for institutions with less than $50 billion in total assets. The House passed the bill on a 388-5 vote.
Lawmakers were planning to return Monday to continue to work on legislation to help combat the disease, but for now, that is on hold.
Author: Henry Rodgers
Source: Daily Caller: House Cancels Plan To Return Next Week One Day After Making Announcement