Many members of the US House of Congress are scrambling to book flights and return to Washington amid concerns that they could be forced to show up in person and vote on the stimulus, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
The fear is that one member could prevent the House from approving the bill by voice vote, forcing them instead to cast a roll-call vote in person. That has angered many members worried about traveling during the public health emergency.
On a conference call with Democratic members today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that if they are unable to pass the bill by voice vote Friday, then they would have a roll call vote Friday on final passage, according to three sources on the call.
Several members told CNN there was ample confusion since House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer previously indicated to members that any roll-call vote would occur Saturday instead.
That means members who want to cast a vote on the historic measure need to show up tomorrow to have their position recorded.
On Capitol Hill, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie is viewed as the most likely member to try to force the vote, after indicating publicly his reservations for letting the bill pass by voice. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told CNN Wednesday she might force a recorded vote, but Democrats don’t believe she will.
Neither Massie nor Ocasio-Cortez responded to requests for comment Thursday.