1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"Tomorrow we'll bring the bill to the floor. It will pass, it will pass with a strong bipartisan support. I spoke to Secretary (Mnuchin) about this today. I said, 'Why don't we do the direct payments, technologically, so that they can be received immediately?' I don't know if that's their plan, but I hoped that it would be. But the people are eager for them, we had bigger direct payments in our bill. I don't think we've seen the end of direct payments."
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader:
"We are going to have the opportunity to read the bill. I know it came out late last night. We've been keeping our members abreast of where the bills at, having worked on the bill, for numerous days. They'll have the ability to read the text as well. We'll have debate and then we'll have a voice vote. I do not think there's a need for anything else."
The House will give final approval Friday to the massive $2.2 trillion economic rescue bill with robust backing from both parties, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, a vote that would cap Congress' tumultuous effort to rush the relief to a nation battered by the coronavirus.
Pelosi spoke Thursday morning, just hours after the Senate used an overnight vote to approve the measure 96-0. With House members dispersed around the country, Pelosi and Republican leaders were planning to bless the measure by a voice vote, probably with just a sprinkling of lawmakers present in the chamber.
"It will pass with strong bipartisan support," said Pelosi, D-Calif.
President Donald Trump has implored lawmakers to finish with the package so he can sign it into law.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said, We'll have debate and then we'll have a voice vote. I do not think there's a need for anything else."
Most people who contract the new coronavirus have mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.
In the United States, more than 69,000 people have been sickened by the virus.