WASHINGTON—Many House Democrats are raising pressure on party leaders to break the logjam with the White House on coronavirus aid, eager to pass a bill before Election Day even with further concessions to Republicans.
There is no vote on coronavirus-related aid scheduled for the House’s current three-week session. Anxious Democratic lawmakers, including incumbents defending competitive seats, want negotiators to return to the table to strike a deal before Congress takes a monthlong break for campaigning.
“We’ve got to get something across the finish line now,” said Rep. Kendra Horn, an Oklahoma Democrat who represents a district President Trump won in 2016. This back-and-forth, us-versus-them, tit-for-tat, it doesn’t help my community, it doesn’t help people in my district who need it.”
Moderate Democrats have sent letters to their leadership, encouraging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) to resume negotiations with the White House. Mrs. Pelosi has held firm that Democrats should support an expansive package that includes money for state and local governments, schools and extends unemployment assistance and food programs.
The top two House Democrats, who are rarely at odds, are in disagreement about the next steps. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) has expressed a desire to be more flexible on negotiations and pass legislation during the September session, according to aides. Democrats currently have 232 seats in the House, compared with 198 for Republicans and one independent.