House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23

March 17, 2020 by Dan McCue
House Members District Time to Extend Through March 23
The Magnolias in bloom on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Dan McCue)

WASHINGTON – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has told members they can remain in their districts through next Monday, but at least for now, no decision has been made on the balance of House schedule for the week.

In a conference call with members, Hoyer said no votes are expected on Monday, March 23, the day the House was scheduled to reconvene, and that “pending any developments requiring votes,” members will have 24-hours notice to return to the capitol.

As for the House schedule after Monday, Hoyer said he would have better information near the end of the week, and would let them know of any additional changes.

Hoyer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also advised the members that plans are in the works to coordinate votes to limit the number of members voting on the floor at any one time.

The conference call came as Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin were finalizing “technical corrections” to the multibillion dollar coronavirus package the House passed early Saturday morning.

The changes are said to regard the Medicaid reimbursement and small business tax credit sections of the bill.

The Senate is expected to take up the House package this week after canceling its recess. But there is still uncertainty over timing and how smooth a process it will be.

Mnuchin is expected to attend the Senate Republican lunch Tuesday, which some see as a sign that he’s got work to do to win the support of some GOP lawmakers.

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