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Moderate Dems Pushing Pelosi for Vote on Relief Package Before Election

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By    |   Thursday, 24 September 2020 04:50 PM EDT

Some moderate House Democrats are reportedly circulating a letter calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., to hold a vote on a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package before Election Day.

According to The Hill, the so-called Problem Solvers Caucus co-chair Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and freshman Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., say they’re not supporting a GOP resolution to force a vote on emergency aid for small businesses — a tactic Roll Call reported had gained some traction with centrist Democrats.

“We write to urge you to continue bipartisan negotiations with our Republican colleagues and the Administration, so that we may deliver meaningful relief for the American people,” the letter to Pelosi and Hoyer says, The Hill reported.

“Currently, a discharge petition is the only potential option for COVID-19 related action on the House Floor; we do not believe that is the best path forward.

“However, it is essential that we send the Senate a compromise bill before the election that is reasonable and that can be signed into law by the President of the United States.”

The news came the same day top Democrats confirmed that Pelosi had instructed committee chairmen this week to begin drafting a scaled-back $2.2 trillion pandemic relief package — the last offer Pelosi had made to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

“Given the massive impact on this pandemic on our communities, we cannot leave until we pass much-needed relief in the areas of: COVID-19 testing, state and local aid, unemployment insurance, direct stimulus payments, support for small businesses and non-profits, food security, broadband, funding for schools and child care, housing, and agriculture support ...” the letter from the moderates stated, The Hill reported.  

“Passing a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package should be our number one priority in the coming days. It is our request that you continue to negotiate towards a bipartisan deal, and we stand ready to work with you to ensure that Americans can receive the urgent relief they need as quickly as possible.”

According to The Hill, Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, has been circulating a separate letter among fellow freshman Democrats that will be sent to Pelosi on Friday. Her letter calls on Pelosi to bring to the floor a “revised and streamlined” COVID-19 package next week.

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Some moderate House Democrats are reportedly circulating a letter calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., to hold a vote on a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package...
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