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July 14, 2020, 2:44 p.m. EDT

Pelosi opens door to no August recess for House until coronavirus bill done

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised the possibility House lawmakers will delay their August break until a deal is reached on a new coronavirus bill including an extension of more-generous jobless benefits. Appearing on CNN, Pelosi was asked if she was willing to forego or delay that break. She answered, "Oh, we absolutely have to. We also have to come to an agreement." Currently, the House is scheduled to recess July 31 for a five-week break ending Sept. 8. But the second-ranking Democrat, Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer, told colleagues Monday to prepare to remain in session the first week of August, which would sync up with the Senate calendar. Pelosi's remarks open the door to a possibly even longer extended bargaining period with the Senate and the White House over the next COVID-19 bill. Lawmakers are out of Washington now, but are set to return Monday and start talks in earnest.

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