House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Told Republican colleagues on a phone call on Wednesday afternoon that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not succeed in her unanimous consent offer to pass the $ 2,000 COVID-19 stimulus checks on Thursday.
Pelosi’s Christmas Eve vote is taking place after President Trump on Tuesday night unexpectedly refused to sign a $ 2.3 trillion pandemic stimulus and a government financing project, saying it his $ 600 stimulus checks were expected to reach $ 2,000.
Trump also opposed external financing, including billions in foreign aid.
It is unclear which Republican will oppose Pelosi’s request for unanimous consent. It is possible that McCarthy himself opposed it, noting that Pelosi’s measure would not destroy the newly approved bloat package.
In March, a single libertarian Republican, Representative Thomas Massie, from Kentucky, forced lawmakers to personally return to vote for the more than $ 2 trillion in the CARES Act, saying such projects should not be approved by unanimous consent.
“Fuck it!” an angry Democrat shouted in the House floor when Massie objected.
It is estimated that 12 million people will lose unemployment insurance on December 26 if Trump does not sign the package, which was passed by an overwhelming majority in the House and Senate this week.
The bill would establish a new $ 300 weekly unemployment supplement and provide $ 284 billion in forgiving loans from the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses.