A group of vulnerable House Democrats on Thursday began circulating a new letter calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to hold a vote on a bipartisan coronavirus relief package before Election Day.
The moderates, led Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chairman Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and freshman Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), said they did not support a GOP resolution to force a vote on emergency aid for small businesses — a tactic that had gained some momentum in recent days from centrist Democrats anxious about heading home without money for constituents struggling with the pandemic.
“We write to urge you to continue bipartisan negotiations with our Republican colleagues and the Administration, so that we may deliver meaningful relief for the American people,” the letter to Pelosi and Hoyer says, according to a copy provided to The Hill. “Currently, a discharge petition is the only potential option for COVID-19 related action on the House Floor; we do not believe that is the best path forward."
“However, it is essential that we send the Senate a compromise bill before the election that is reasonable and that can be signed into law by the President of the United States," the moderates wrote.