House Passes Revised Coronavirus Emergency Bill By Unanimous Consent

Politico reports the House passed by unanimous consent Monday evening the revised coronavirus emergency bill, sending it to the Senate to take up as the coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin worked out the “technical corrections” bill Monday and were able to get it through the House without objection.

The Senate could take up the House’s multi-billion package as early as Tuesday. Following meetings with senior administration officials Monday, some Senate Republicans initially reluctant to support the measure seemed to drop their opposition to the proposal.

“We continue to be incredibly interested in quick action on what the House will be able to send over to the Senate by tomorrow,” said White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland. “We understand and have been working with members who have concerns, questions, recommendations and suggestions about things to do here.”

Ueland added: “But we are very interested in action on the House package when it gets here.”

The fate of the technical corrections package was uncertain as late as Monday afternoon, as Pelosi and Mnuchin worked out the details. Adding to the uncertainty, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) threatened to block the package until he reviewed the details. Gohmert withdrew his objection Monday evening — allowing the technical corrections package to glide through to the Senate.