The House moved quickly on a covid-19 response bill. These 4 takeaways explain what’s likely to happen next.
The House has passed an emergency spending measure supported by President Trump to begin dealing with the health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus. By a vote of 363 to 40 early Saturday morning, every Democrat and roughly three-quarters of Republicans supported the bill to provide temporary paid sick and family medical leave; bolster funding for health, food security and unemployment insurance programs; and provide free coronavirus testing. Observers expect the Republican-led Senate to pass the bill with no changes Monday.Here are four takeaways about the House’s swift action and what lies ahead.1. Crisis often – but not always – compels Congress to act Responding quickly to a crisis has a strong electoral logic, as Neil Malhotra explained here at TMC this past week. Instead of preventing problems like the oncoming consequences of global climate change, lawmakers often wait until hit by a crisis – as they did after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 or after the global financial crisis in 2008. Capitalizing on crisis lets legislators claim credit and deflect blame, which helps them in the next election, while raising the political cost for opponents who might seek to block action.But crisis is not always sufficient. In 2016, Congress