On Wednesday, a problem in the government’s finance plan was discovered at the last minute.
The House of Representatives voted to reject $15 billion in new COVID-19 funds after members objected to the clawback of state funding.
Democrats maintained their commitment to passing a massive government funding measure on Wednesday, as previously said.
The planned House vote on a $1.5 trillion government spending bill was postponed Wednesday afternoon after several Democrats staged a mutiny over anticipated cuts to state and local aid to fund further coronavirus relief.
The vote was originally scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. After much deliberation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to abandon the new COVID-19 funding.
The opposition was mainly among Democrats who were concerned about losing out on federal assistance that had been allocated to their states to combat the pandemic.
The 2,741-page funding bill was filed in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, with a vote slated for the early afternoon of the same afternoon.
The House vote, however, was jeopardized when Democrats from Michigan, Florida, Washington state, and other states realized that $15 billion in coronavirus relief funds were to be used to support virus testing and vaccine delivery, among other things.
The bill would fund around half of that amount by recouping funds from states that are still owing money from the stimulus law that was passed last year.
The Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, had declared success on this issue earlier in the day, which was a major Republican priority.
Democrats from the impacted states were outraged by the legislation. “This agreement was reached behind closed doors,” Minnesota Representative Angie Craig told reporters. “Members learned the news this morning. This is a blatant violation of the law.”
Others were dissatisfied as well. According to a Democratic staffer familiar with the case, Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington has placed phone calls to the White House, other members of the state’s Congressional delegation, and the state’s governor regarding the problem.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee informed DelBene that if the proposal passes, the state will lose $400 million in COVID-19 funds, according to the governor.
The outpouring of rage reached even the most progressive of progressives. According to Rep. Cori Bush, “in Missouri, this revenue has already been appropriated to cover daycare, healthcare, housing, and our public schools.”
“To then turn around and say, in the name of bipartisanship, that we’re returning hundreds of millions of dollars is simply absurd.”
- In 2022, Will We See the Issuance of a Fourth Stimulus Check? Exactly How $1,400 Was Distributed?
- Fraudulent Stimulus Check Scheme With Death Row Son| Latest News!
- Family Stimulus Checks: A New Plan Offers Monthly Payments of $250-$350 for the Child Tax Credit.
Finally, Pelosi was forced to renounce the additional COVID-funding, which she described as “heartbreaking” in a statement issued late on Wednesday afternoon.
However, she maintained that the legislation must be passed on Wednesday in order to provide emergency financing for Ukraine.
Democrats had prepared a four-day funding patch to keep the government’s doors open beyond Friday as a contingency plan in case the shutdown failed.
It was not immediately obvious when the massive spending measure would be able to pass through the House of Representatives.
House Democrats must return to the Rules Committee to alter the bill before it can be considered by the full House of Representatives.
Then they must vote on a rule on the floor that establishes the parameters of debate, which will take place over the course of two hours. It appeared as though the voting could last till the wee hours of the morning.
“Everything is going absolutely according to plan,” said Rep. Jim McGovern, chair of the Rules Committee, on the House floor, a tinge of sarcasm in his voice. “Everything is beautiful in its own way,” says the author.
The House of Representatives adjourned shortly after that so that Democrats could work out their disagreements on the funding plan.