The New York Times/ Emily Cochrane¬†and¬† March 27, 2020
WASHINGTON ‚ÄĒ President Trump on Friday signed a sweeping¬†$2 trillion measure¬†to respond to the¬†coronavirus¬†pandemic, but not before a late objection from a lone rank-and-file Republican forced hundreds of lawmakers to rush back to the capital even as the virus continued to spread through their ranks.
The move by Representative Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky, accomplished an extraordinary feat, uniting President Trump and John Kerry, the former Democratic secretary of state and presidential candidate, in a bipartisan moment of outrage against a lawmaker who wanted to force the whole House to take a formal roll-call vote.
House Democrats and Republicans teamed up to bring just enough lawmakers back to the Capitol to thwart Mr. Massie‚Äôs tactic, and the measure passed on a voice vote. It was a resounding show of support for a bill that lawmakers in both parties said was imperfect, but essential to address a national public health and economic crisis.
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