Historic COVID-19 Emergency Spending Bill Passes Congress

Today the House of Representatives passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) via a voice vote. Speaker Pelosi acknowledged during her remarks on the floor that the CARES Act was not perfect and that Congress would have to do more in a fourth package.

Many representatives sat up in the gallery above the House floor in order to ensure members were both appropriately distanced from each other and to ensure a quorum on the floor. One member made clear he would object to voting via a voice vote thereby requiring members to return to Washington, DC. However, the House was quickly able to defeat the member’s request to force a roll call vote.

President Trump signed the bill just hours after its passage.

For more detailed information on the provisions contained within the CARES Act, please see our memo released on March 26.