Reps. Andy Biggs, Debbie Lesko vote against coronavirus aid bill backed by Trump, Pelosi

Reps. Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko

By Ronald J. Hansen | Arizona Republic 

Reps. Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko voted against a hastily drawn stimulus measure that could provide tens of billions in emergency economic provisions, from free testing for the deadly virus to paid sick leave for workers.

Even without the support of some Republicans, the bill passed the Democrat-controlled House 363-40 after midnight in Washington and heads to the Senate, which adjourned for the weekend. 

The bill was the product of fraught negotiations over two days between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

It includes free virus testing for all Americans, including the uninsured, as well as two weeks of paid sick leave for those who have to skip work due to the virus.

Trump groused about the shape of the bill on Friday afternoon. By Friday night, he gave his support to the final legislation, dubbed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which helped convince most House Republicans to back it.


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