Letter writer should find more accurate source for newsApril 3, 2020
To the editor:
I am writing in response to Stanley Schnell's letter, "It's time to elect congressmen who care."
Before I get to the main delay of the vote on the stimulus bill, I want to point out to Mr. Schnell that the country during this time, was and still is in a health crisis. Many of the states were under shelter-in-place orders and during a time when people are not to be traveling and in close proximity of each other.
Two House members have tested positive as well as a Senator. The delay was caused by one person — Representative Thomas Massie R-KY.
Rep. Massie demanded an in-person roll call vote on the COVID-19 stimulus bill. Speaker Pelosi had planned a voice vote (I assume just by those that could be there). This was a bipartisan agreement between both Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. This caused many to find flights to get there. One Democratic representative from Maryland drove through the night.
The members were spread through the House Chamber, including the press and visitor's section, to allow for proper distancing from each other.
Rep. Massie asked for a recorded vote. He was gaveled down. He asked for a quorum. There was a count of enough members and Massie was gaveled down once again. During the voice vote, both sides yelled "YES!"
Mr. Schnell, I don't know where you get your information but I think I would look for a place more accurate.
I might add that Republican Senator Rand Paul, also of Kentucky, held up an earlier version of the COVID-19 bill that was passed by the House during the time the Senate was going to pass that bill. I believe he talked on Afghanistan. Sorry, I don't know if either one of them are a socialist.
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