Instead, the region and the country were preoccupied with a
H.R. 748 then headed for the
No one could know then that H.R. 748 was waiting to be transformed into something truly historic.
Article 1, Section 7 of the
By tradition this has been taken to mean that all "money bills," involving revenues or appropriations, must originate in the House.
The oil that greases the national economic engine had suddenly been removed and the economy ground to a near halt, with millions abruptly unemployed, stock markets tanking and businesses facing insolvency.
McConnell, a wily veteran of congressional gamesmanship, knew if he could find the right House bill, he could replace the entire text to meet the constitutional requirement of origination in the House. He reached into his inbox and grabbed H.R. 748.
H.R. 748 returns
The measure was approved on a voice vote, Courtney in support.
"The CARES Act will put critical resources where they're needed most right now," Courtney said in a press release issued by his office.
The office made no mention of the strange, circuitous route his original legislation had taken to morph into the CARES Act.
"We thought about it, but it didn't seem appropriate in the context of what the country was confronting," he told me.
Ironically, in the press release, Courtney's office transposed the bill's numbers, referring to it as "H.R. 784."
Courtney said he had learned only a few days earlier that McConnell had used his bill as the vessel for the emergency relief package.
"I guess I will be part of a piece of historical trivia," said the congressman.
But what of the Cadillac Tax? Its repeal ended up being incorporated into the Fiscal Year 2020 federal budget, signed by the president in
"Repeal of the Cadillac Tax is a huge win for the middle-class families who were facing a misguided tax on their hard-won health benefits," said Courtney nine days before Christmas, after Trump signed the massive federal budget, including the repeal.
Courtney's comments didn't get much attention.
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