House punts return until Friday at the earliest

“Members are advised that conversations surrounding additional [coronavirus] legislation and a rule change related to remote work are ongoing,” Hoyer said in an announcement sent to lawmakers Monday morning. “[P]ending introduction of legislation, it is possible that the House may meet this week, no earlier than Friday.”

Some Democrats are predicting the vote will likely slide into next week at this point, raising the question of whether the House would come in for just one week before leaving for the May 25 Memorial Day weekend or if the chamber would work through the holiday, eschewing the traditional recess that comes with it.

Top House Democrats have been scrambling to put the finishing touches on the mammoth relief bill, which could cost upward of $2 trillion, as they attempt to reassure an anxious American public that more help is on the way.

The package is expected to deliver more than $1 trillion in aid to state and local governments, while expanding key safety nets, like food assistance and unemployment insurance. Pelosi has also said there will be funding to ensure that mail-in voting is accessible to the public ahead of November.

Democrats say the bill, which will be drafted without GOP input, is intended as an opening bid to Republicans and the White House. But Republicans have already panned the bill, saying its little more than a wishlist of Democratic priorities.