House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told fellow Republicans on a Wednesday afternoon call that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t succeed in her bid for unanimous consent to pass $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus checks on Thursday.
Pelosi’s Christmas Eve vote is being held after President Trump on Tuesday night unexpectedly refused to sign a $2.3 trillion pandemic stimulus and government funding bill, saying its $600 stimulus checks should be $2,000.
Trump also objected to extraneous funding, including billions in foreign aid.
It’s unclear which Republican will object to Pelosi’s request for unanimous consent. It’s possible that McCarthy himself will object, noting Pelosi’s measure would not gut the just-passed package of its bloat.
In March, a sole Republican, libertarian Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, forced lawmakers to return in person to vote for the more than $2 trillion CARES Act, saying such bills should not pass by unanimous consent.
“F–k you!” an irate Democrat bellowed across the House floor when Massie objected.
An estimated 12 million people will lose unemployment benefits Dec. 26 if Trump does not sign the package, which overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate this week.
The bill would establish a new $300 weekly unemployment supplement and give $284 billion in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans to small businesses.