Steny Hoyer says ‘Absent an Emergency’ House will stay home for weeks. “The move extends a prolonged recess that began in March 12, and it abandons a plan to reconvene on April 20.”
House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) informed House Democrats Monday that they would not reconvene until May, barring some sort of emergency.
Do Democrats think we’re not in an emergency?
Cortney O’Brien writes at Townhall:
Dem Leader Explains They’re Not Meeting Before May ‘Absent an Emergency’
Does a pandemic that has killed thousands of people around the globe, shuttered the American economy and resulted in a nearly 20 percent unemployment rate qualify as an “emergency?” Not in the mind of Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. As he explained to the press on Monday, the House of Representatives would not be meeting again before May 4, “absent an emergency.” They had initially planned to reconvene on April 20.
Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner has more:
Democrats meet by phone after House postpones reconvening until May 4
House lawmakers won’t return to the Capitol until May 4 or later due to the threat of the coronavirus Democratic leaders told rank-and-file members on Monday.
The move extends a prolonged recess that began in March 12, and it abandons a plan to reconvene on April 20.
“Members are further advised if the House is required to take action on critical legislation related to the coronavirus response or other legislative priorities, members will be given sufficient notice to return to Washington D.C.,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, told Democrats in a letter.
“Absent an emergency, the House is not expected to meet prior to Monday, May 4, 2020.” — Steny Hoyer email
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) April 13, 2020
HOYER to House Dems: “Members are advised that absent an emergency, the House is not expected to meet prior to Monday, May 4, 2020. “
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) April 13, 2020
The reaction on Twitter was swift:
Oh, luckily there’s nothing going on that could qualify as an emergency at the moment. https://t.co/Gz0DzUIlj7
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) April 13, 2020
Absent an emergency? Dude, where have you been? https://t.co/W3lBL65HU5
— Joshua Holland ? (@JoshuaHol) April 13, 2020
can someone please tell me how approaching 40% unemployment isn’t an emergency https://t.co/bTZhvMpm5k
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 13, 2020
Literally all 50 states are in a state of emergency.
— Zack (@ZackC428) April 13, 2020
It is a fucking emergency…my god https://t.co/AQlqYaRWRt
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) April 13, 2020
Not for Democrats.
They know that media will dutifully deflect any negative impacts of this to Trump instead of them.
What do they care? https://t.co/4WqaoHyimg
— RBe (@RBPundit) April 13, 2020
This is reminiscent of a scene in the 1985 film The Sure Thing. The two main characters are traveling to California during spring break and find themselves caught without money, lodging or transportation during a rainstorm:
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