Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate is "anxious" to pass the latest House-passed bill, an action that could happen later on Tuesday.
The House of Representatives over the weekend passed a measure that would require sick leave for some workers and expand unemployment compensation among other steps, including almost $1 billion in additional money to help feed children, homebound senior citizens and others.
The number of confirmed USA coronavirus cases passed 7,000 on Wednesday.
In addition to the legislation passed today, the Senate passed an emergency supplemental funding package on March 5, 2020, that provided $8.3 billion in total resources to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Coronavirus. Gohmert blocked the procedural move and said he wants to know precisely what changes are being made to the bill.
The Speaker went on to list "additional steps" that the Democratic-controlled House was going to push for in its third package, including access to "longer term leave" for workers who have exhausted short term sick leave and "increasing the scope of allowable uses of family and medical leave". And small businesses with less than 50 employees, including healthcare firms, will now also not be required to pay for sick leave or family leave at the discretion of the labor department.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said it would also include $300 billion in deferred tax payments.
"Be aware of the social distancing.as we come over to the chamber and as we depart", McConnell told colleagues, urging against congregating on the Senate floor. Most Senators are not even back in D.C. yet.