House approves $3T HEROES Act relief package
UPDATED 6:55 PM PT — Friday, May 15, 2020
On Friday, the House approved the $3 trillion coronavirus relief package. The Democrat led chamber made the decision to approve the HEROES Act in a 208 to 199 vote, which ran largely along party lines.
This came after weeks of back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. The measure has received particular backlash from GOP leaders, who claimed it’s largely a “liberal wish list.”
The package includes $1 trillion in aid to state and local governments. Senate Republicans have called the bill “dead on arrival” and are expected to vote against the legislation.
Meanwhile, the House also approved a resolution to temporarily allow for proxy voting and remote committee sessions amid the ongoing pandemic. The chamber voted 217 to 189 to approve the historic changes to the upper chamber.
The vote was mostly along party lines, but three Democrats did vote against the proposal. Its passage came despite widespread objection by Republicans, who have called it an “unconstitutional power grab.”
The plan will allow absent members to cast votes by proxy on the House floor. Additionally, it will let members and witnesses to join from home for 45 days.
The provisions could be renewed for the remainder of the congressional term, which ends in January.