McCarthy: Republicans to oppose Democratic coronavirus bill
House Republican leadership and the White House said they were opposed to a Democratic coronavirus bill as its currently constructed, they told lawmakers Thursday morning.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and White House aides told Republican lawmakers of their opposition Thursday morning. But at the same time, McCarthy (R-Calif.) expressed some hope that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi could cut a deal to change the bill to appease Republicans. McCarthy told his GOP colleagues of his opposition on a conference call Thursday morning.
The bill was scheduled to come to the House floor Thursday. House Democrats were hopeful on Wednesday that Republicans would support the bill, and the Trump administration sent signals the president could sign the legislation. But after the text was released Wednesday night, Republicans grew skeptical and frustrated.