March 16, 2020
The House of Representatives passed a Coronavirus response bill on Saturday, however the drama continued into Monday because the House Democrats cannot come to an agreement with the White House over what needs to be changed.
Pelosi is still working out the “major differences” with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Last week it was reported that Pelosi tried to sneak in federal funding for abortion into the Coronavirus response bill.
Now it’s being reported that the House met twice on Monday morning and gaveled in and gaveled out and have NOT approved the changes to the bill.
This is a huge problem because the House cannot send the bill to the Senate until they approve of the technical changes.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R–TX) insists on reading the changes (rightfully so) to the bill because as Pelosi has shown, she will sneak in funding for Democrat-backed causes.
Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were still working on the details Monday.
House sources said Monday that “major differences” remained between the White House and House Democrats over what was adopted and needed to be changed. This is slowing down the time table for House completion of the bill and sending it onto the Senate.
Pelosi and administration officials still remain hopeful they can achieve a workable compromise, but were tight lipped about the state of play on Monday.
The House passed its emergency package early Saturday morning but needs to make some technical corrections. Adding to the uncertainty on timing, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is threatening to hold up the bill until he reviews the corrections.
Gohmert insists that he is not holding up the bill. There are 87 pages of changes to the language that he insists on reading and most Senators aren’t back in DC yet.
“Someone should at least read” the bill a source told Fox News.
Never forget that Nancy Pelosi held up a vote on Coronavirus a few weeks ago so that Democrats could run ads against Republicans on Super Tuesday.